Turning Heads Companion Book

Turning Heads Companion Book

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Our fascination for faces transcends eras and cultures. Turning Heads – Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer highlights a remarkable genre in painting to which little attention has so far been paid: tronies or study heads, which were intended first and foremost to depict an emotion or a character trait. Since the model’s identity did not matter, painters could truly go to town with these heads. Tronies were drawn and painted by some of the greatest masters: Dürer, Bruegel, Massys, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, to name just a few. Turning Heads offers a fresh insight into a genre that is older and more varied than you might think. This book includes dozens of illustrations plus the thoughts of contemporary artists for whom the face is essential to their own work.

24 February - 26 May 2024
Beit WIng (Rooms 6-10)

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Curators: Dr Lizzie Marx, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Art and Dr Brendan Rooney, Head Curator.

ISBN: 9789464666786

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