Artibus et Historiae no. 24 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Buy article pdf

FRIEDRICH POLLEROSS - Between Typology and Psychology: The Role of the Identification Portrait in Updating Old Testament Representations

The identification with Old Testament figures in a portrait historiƩ serves chiefly as a hidden portrait, donor portrait, or ruler portrait, and is based on analogies of virtue, rank, name, or events. Three broad groups may be discerned: first, the identification of rulers and military leaders with biblical kings and commanders illustrates their virtue and the divine right of kings; second, wedding and family portraits, primarily in the Protestant Netherlands, demonstrate the self-image of the subjects as a new "chosen people" and the emulation of biblical forefathers; and third, identifications with Judith and Holofernes or David and Goliath suggest the artist's self-representation or personal, erotic meanings.

Editor-in-chief Advisory Committee
Latest issue
All issues
Bibliotheca Artibus et Historiae
Our authors
Advertising in Artibus et Historiae
How to buy
Buy articles in PDF