jeudi 27 mars 2014

Sir Joshua Reynolds - autoportrait

Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792

 Sir Joshua Reynolds - autoportrait,1747-1749

Sir Joshua Reynolds - autoportrait,1747-1749
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Reynolds was the first President of the Royal Academy and Britain's leading portrait painter. In his attempt to raise the status of portraiture, he created the 'Grand Manner' which borrowed from classical antiquity and the Old Masters to fill his portraits with moral and heroic symbolism. An incredible socialite, social climber and self-promoter, Reynolds used his contacts to advance himself. Appointed President of the newly established Royal Academy in 1768, his annual lectures - or Discourses on Art - had a lasting impact on the contemporary theory of art and practice. 

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