Portraiture and Biography conference, 29 to 30 November 2018

Self-portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, circa 1759 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Self-portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, circa 1759 © National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London
Biography has always haunted the study of portraiture.  Although in recent decades art-historians may have developed a healthy scepticism for the intuitive practice of interpreting portraits with straightforward reference to what is known about the lives of their subjects, the temptation to do so remains strong.  These tendencies often appear in their most untrammelled form in analyses of artists’ likenesses of themselves, or of their most intimate acquaintances. Taking the National Portrait Gallery major exhibition Gainsborough’s Family Album as a starting point, leading academics explore how the biographical archive might play in this field of study going forward.
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