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Muse: Uncovering the hidden figures behind art history's masterpieces

Muse: Uncovering the hidden figures behind art history's masterpieces (Hardback)

By Millington, Ruth
Illustrated by Razin, Dina

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    19 Jul 22

Artists have always been moved to create portraits of their muses; we instantly recognise many of their faces from the world's most iconic artworks. But, just who was Picasso's 'Weeping Woman'? Why was Grace Jones covered in graffiti? How did Francis Bacon meet the burglar who be...came his muse? The perception of the muse is that of a passive, powerless model, usually young, attractive and female, at the mercy of an influential and older male artist. But is this trope a romanticised myth? Have individuals embraced, or even sought, the status of muse? Far from posing silently, muses have brought emotional support, intellectual energy, career-changing creativity and practical help to artists - and where would those artists be without them? With examples from the ancient world to today, this book will tell the true stories of the incredible muses who have inspired art history's masterpieces. From Leonardo da Vinci's studio to the covers of Vogue, Muse will uncover the remarkable role of muses in some of art history's most well-known and significant masterpieces. By delving into the real-life relationships that models have held with the artists who immortalised them, it will expose the influential and active part they have played. From a job centre supervisor in London and young men on the streets of Harlem to weavers in Bangladesh, Muse will reveal the unexpected, overlooked and forgotten models of art history. Featuring performing models and devoted parents, creative allies and muses who have been turned into messages, this book will deconstruct reductive stereotypes, and reframe the muse as a momentous and empowered agent of art history.
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ISBN 9781529110418
Released NZ 19 Jul 2022
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781529110418
Stock Release date is 19 July 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Square Peg
Released 19 Jul 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Millington, Ruth
Illustrated by Razin, Dina
Category History of Art
Individual Artists
Human Figures Depicted In Art
Portraits In Art
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 704.9424
Weight 445g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Women in art, Inspiration, Creation Literary, artistic, etc
NBS Text Individual Artists / Art Monographs
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly