Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

By Katharine Baetjer

Brightly hued, hugely entire, and comparatively huge in scale, pastels within the 18th century have been considered as a kind of portray and displayed like oils. The powdery, shiny crayons are fairly fitted to shooting the outside tones and evanescent expressions that symbolize the main practical portraits.

Pastels can't be completely displayed simply because they're vulnerable to fading, and so they hardly commute. previously, there hasn't ever been an exhibition within the U.S. dedicated to those fascinating and critical works. Pastel Portraits, the spouse ebook to an exhibition on the Metropolitan Museum, provides over forty beautiful works by way of French, Italian, English, Swiss, and American artists. It deals a technical dialogue of the fabrics and explains why pastels accomplished common attractiveness within the 1700s and the way the fabrication of this medium intersected with Enlightenment thinking.

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