For centuries portraits have been one of the most important art forms. But what do they tell us? What do they mean? And what makes a picture into a portrait? In Portraits and Persons, leading art philosopher Cynthia Freeland addresses these questions and more. As she shows, portraits are far more than just pretty pictures. They are a fundamental way of looking at ourselves and others, raising profound questions about our identity - how it is revealed, and how it can be preserved even after death.

Portraits and Persons

Cynthia Freeland

Oxford University Press

June 2010