Beginning in the 14th century and working its way through the ages up to the current day, this book examines the portrait via the most beloved and important examples in history. Featured artists include: Simone Martini, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Parmigianino, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velazquez, Jean- Honore Fragonard, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco de Goya, Jaques- Louis David, Jean- Auguste- Dominique Ingres, Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Oskar Kokoschka, Ferdinand Hodler, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Chuck Close. Part of Taschen's "Basic Art" movement and genre series, this book includes a detailed introduction with approximately 35 photographs, with a selection of the most important works of the genre, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, sporting, etc.) that took place during the period. Slim, color.