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This guide is created by Melissa Man Pui Shan and maintained by Phoebe Lim Choon Lan.

‘Selfies’ may be ubiquitous today, but the portrait has been around for much longer. Roman Egyptians painted funerary portraits and Ancient Greeks created stunning portrait sculpture. A portrait is a representation of person- their physical likeness as well as their personality and context. Portraits are as much moments in time as they are as cultural artefacts.

These books represent a sampling of portraiture. Browse both historical and contemporary portraits. Discover portrait paintings, sculptures, and photography!

 

Portraits
McCurry, Steve, photographer.
Phaidon Press,[2013].
TR680.M133 2013
Lucian Freud : portraits
Freud, Lucian.
National Portrait Gallery,2012.
N6797.F77L937fp 2012
A guide to twentieth century portraits
Moorhouse, Paul.
National Portrait Gallery in association with the National Trust,[2013]
N7598.M825
Retratos : 2,000 years of Latin American portraits
Benson, Elizabeth P.
San Antonio Museum of Art,2004.
N7595.5.R438
Face : the new photographic portrait
Ewing, William A.
Thames & Hudson,c2006.
TR680.E95
Free portraits : Vienna, New York, London, Lviv, Kiev, Tehran, Moscow
Kandl, Leo, 1944-
Fotohof edition,c2010.
TR680.K16
Mummy portraits from Roman Egypt
Roberts, Paul, 1961-
British Museum,2008.
N7582.R646
Narcissus in the studio : artist portraits and self-portraits
Cozzolino, Robert, 1970-
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,2010, ©2010.
N7593.N222
Illustration Now! Portraits
Wiedemann, Julius.
Taschen,2011.
N7575.I29
The society portrait : painting, prestige and the pursuit of elegance
Badea-Păun, Gabriel.
Thames & Hudson,2007.
N7592.5.B133S
The portrait now
Nairne, Sandy.
Yale University Press,c2006.
N7592.6.P853
Presence : the art of portrait sculpture
Sturgis, Alexander.
Antique Collectors Club ;2012.
NB1293.S935
The female portrait statue in the Greek world
Dillon, Sheila.
Cambridge University Press,2010.
NB1296.3.D579F
Two faced : the changing face of portraiture
Firth, Darren.
Systems Design,c2007.
N7621.T974
Portraiture
West, Shearer.
Oxford University Press,2004.
N7575.W521
Self portrait : Renaissance to contemporary
Bond, Anthony.
National Portrait Gallery,c2005.
N7618.B711
Reflections/refractions : self-portraiture in the twentieth century
Reaves, Wendy Wick, 1950-
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press ;2009.
N7619.R332
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