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RetratosRetratos
2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits

by Marion Oettinger Jr., Fatima Bercht, Miguel A. Bretos, Carolyn Kinder Carr et al. (Yale University Press, 2004), hardcover, 9 ¾ x 12 in.; 304 pp., $65.00

The tradition of portraiture in Latin America is astonishingly long and rich. For more than 2,000 years, portraits have been used to preserve the memory of the deceased, bolster the social standing of the aristocracy, mark the deeds of the mighty, advance the careers of politicians, record rites of passage, and mock symbols of the status quo. This beautiful and wide-ranging book–the first to explore the tradition of portraiture in Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present day–features some 200 works from fifteen countries.

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Gilbert StuartGilbert Stuart

by Carrie Rebora Barratt and Ellen G. Miles (Yale University Press, 2004), hardcover, 9 x 12 in.; 338 pp., $65.00

The most successful and resourceful portraitist of America’s early national period, Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) possessed enormous natural talent, bringing his witty and irascible manner to bear on each of his works. This handsome book highlights Stuart’s achievements by presenting more than ninety portraits of exceptional quality, ranging from the early works he produced in Newport, Rhode Island, to those he executed just before his death in Boston.

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washington George Washington
A National Treasure

by Richard Brookhiser, Margaret C. S. Christman, and Ellen G. Miles (University of Washington Press, 2002), 7 ¾ x 12 in.; 104 pp., hardcover, $28.95; softcover, $14.95

George Washington: A National Treasure celebrates our nation's permanent acquisition of Gilbert Stuart's magnificent "Lansdowne" portrait of George Washington. Commissioned for the Marquis of Lansdowne, a British supporter of American independence, the painting shows Washington in the last year of his presidency, 1796. Here is a George Washington for the ages, resolute in the face of the multiple crises of our nation's beginnings; grand in the tradition not of a king but of democracy's representative; civilian rather than military in his authority; and above all, the embodiment of a nation both stable and free.

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eye contact Eye Contact
Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery

by Wendy Wick Reaves et al. (University of Washington Press, 2002), hardcover, 9 ¼ x 12 in.; 256 pp., $60.00

Fifty graphic masterpieces representing the American artistic tradition from 1880 to the present day are showcased in Eye Contact. Reproduced as full-page color images, they range from portraits of Theodore Roosevelt by Charles Dana Gibson and W. C. Fields by Thomas Hart Benton to Robert F. Kennedy by Roy Lichtensetin, and self-portraits by artists Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Joseph Stella, and Jacob Lawrence. Essays discuss the changing nature of portrait drawing in the twentieth century and the intellectual developments that influenced artists' conceptualization of the figure.

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peace medals Peace & Friendship
Indian Peace Medals from the Schermer Collection, National Portrait Gallery

by Francis Paul Prucha (National Portrait Gallery, 2001), softcover, 8 x 11 in.; 40 pp., $3.95

In 2000, Betty and Lloyd Shermer presented a landmark gift of Indian peace medals to the National Portrait Gallery. These medals, produced in silver by the U.S. government for presentation to Indian chiefs and warriors, are a fascinating part of American history, delineating not only the country’s relationships with Indian tribes, but also representing an important segment of the history of American portraiture.

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TIME Faces of Time
75 Years of Time Magazine Cover Portraits

by Frederick S. Voss, with an introduction by Jay Leno (Time Warner Books, 1998), hardcover, 9 ½ x 12 in.; 132 pp., $40.00

This book features seventy-five of the outstanding artworks commissioned by Time magazine for its covers. Illustrated in color throughout are a panoply of newsmakers, ranging from the Beatles to Indira Gandhi, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Raquel Welch, and others by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Ben Shahn, and Andrew Wyeth.

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