Multiple Heads: Replication, Repetition, and the Portrait Bust

May 26, 2011

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Jean-Antoine Houdon, "Bust of Anne-Marie-LouiseThomas de Domangeville de Sérilly, Comtesse de Pange," 1780

Malcolm Baker of the University of California Riverside examines the relationship between original and copy in portrait art, where replication is sometimes a virtue of the technique.

Baker came to UCR from the University of Southern California and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In his publications he draws attention to the central place that sculpture had during the eighteenth century. Among his books are Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-Century Monument (co-authored with David Bindman and awarded the 1996 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art) and Figured in Marble: the Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture.

Recorded Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago.