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Brilliant, Richard

Works: 134 works in 362 publications in 6 languages and 8,151 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Stories without words  Art  Biography  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Case studies  Catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Composer, Narrator, Other
Classifications: N5760, 733.5
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Most widely held works about Richard Brilliant
Most widely held works by Richard Brilliant
Roman art from the Republic to Constantine by Richard Brilliant( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portraiture by Richard Brilliant( Book )

31 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first general and theoretical study devoted entirely to portraiture. Drawing on a broad range of images from Antiquity to the twentieth century, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, cartoons, postage stamps, medals, documents and photographs -- in fact, from the most commonplace examples of portraiture to art's highest achievements -- Richard Brilliant investigates the genre as a particular phenomenon in Western art that is especially sensitive to changes in the perceived nature of the individual in society." "The author's argument on behalf of portraiture (and he draws on examples by such artists as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Matisse, Warhol and Hockney) does not comprise a mere survey of the genre, nor is it a straightforward history of its reception. Instead, Brilliant presents a thematic and cogent analysis of the connections between the subject-matter of portraits and the beholder's response -- the response he or she makes to the image itself and to the person it represents. Portraiture's extraordinary longevity and resilience as a genre is a testament to the power of this imaginative transaction between the subject, the artist and the beholder. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Reuse value : spolia and appropriation in art and architecture from Constantine to Sherrie Levine by Richard Brilliant( )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common building practice of re-using perfectly good pieces of marble and other fitted and often carved pieces of stone is the subject of this fascinating group of 12 essays by an international group of art and architectural historians. The volume opens with an essay by Arnold Esch (emeritus, Deutsches Historsches Institut, Rome), who was the first to draw attention to the use of spolia as a worthwhile topic of study. Other essay topics include the complex symbolism of reused Hindu temple carvings in the Qutb mosque in Delhi, by Finbarr Barry Flood (New York U.); the current clashes over the religious meaning of the same mosque, by Mrinalini Rajagopalan (U. of Pittsburgh); the reuse of classical gems in the Middle Ages, by Dale Kinney (emeritus, Bryn Mawr College); appropriation as an art form in postmodernism, by Donald Kuspit (emeritus, Stony Brook U.); and a refreshingly frank essay by Michael Greenhalgh (emeritus, Australian National U., Canberra) on the glib tendency of art historians to ascribe meaning to the use of spolia absent supporting evidence
Pompeii AD 79 : the treasure of rediscovery by Richard Brilliant( Book )

9 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visual narratives : storytelling in Etruscan and Roman art by Richard Brilliant( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arts of the ancient Greeks by Richard Brilliant( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1977 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heroic age of the Mycenaeans -- Greek beginnings and the remembrance of the Heroic Age -- Archaic Greek art -- Archaic Greek architecture -- Greek art 500-450 B.C. -- Greek classic art -- Greek art in its second classic phase : late fifth century to Alexander the Great -- Greek religious sanctuaries, urban architecture, and city planning -- Hellenistic art from Alexander to Actium
My Laocoön : alternative claims in the interpretation of artworks by Richard Brilliant( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Analyzing the theme, provenance, and history of the Vatican Laocoon, Richard Brilliant traces the interpretation of this masterpiece of Greco-Roman sculpture through the ages, showing how these interpretations have shaped its reception. Several Laocoons are identified in this study: the alleged lost "Greek original"; the extant marbles sculpted in the first century; the sixteenth-century restoration and its affect; the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century topos of critical judgment; and the twentieth-century re-restored artifact of ancient art. Yet the Vatican Laocoon contains all of these versions in its obdurate self, and My Laocoon treats their history as a means of demonstrating an artwork's power to transcend its critical reception." "Brilliant tells the Laocoon story with wit and crudition, and his selection of illustrations demonstrates the influence that this work has exerted over the centuries."--Jacket
Gesture and rank in Roman art : the use of gestures to denote status in Roman sculpture and coinage by Richard Brilliant( Book )

22 editions published in 1963 in English and Danish and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facing the new world : Jewish portraits in colonial and federal America by Richard Brilliant( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and German and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Facing the New World features important paintings by distinguished American artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Charles Willson Peale, John Wesley Jarvis, and Ralph Earl. There are portraits by unknown folk-artists and some comparative paintings of non-Jewish subjects, including a work by Joshua Johnson, an accomplished African-American painter active in the Baltimore area. The book also shows examples of early American drawings, silhouettes, decorative arts, and Jewish ritual objects."--BOOK JACKET. "In a groundbreaking discussion, Richard Brilliant identifies the European models of representation that artists drew upon in their portraits of Jewish sitters, demonstrating how the self is portrayed by means of cultural roles and images, and how imagery and other modes of representation evolved over time."--BOOK JACKET. "Ellen Smith explores the tension between Jewish self-representation is portraits and the social reality of early American Jewish life. She reads the portraits as social documents, forming part of the larger material world of early American. Smith captures the texture of everyday family life and the Jewish community's relationship with the larger society, documented by diaries, letters, business records, and domestics objects that have survived to this day."--Jacket
Campagna romana : the countryside of ancient Rome by Joel Sternfeld( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of America's most acclaimed photographers: stunning images of an extraordinary and endangered landscape. The countryside south and east of Rome around the ruins of the Claudian Aqueduct is an artist's paradise. Its rare light, its evocations of ancient Roman civilization enchant the camera just as they attracted such painters as Claude, Turner, and Corot. Writers, too, have fallen under its spell - from Horace and Pliny the Elder to Goethe and Henry James. "Few other scenes on earth combine in one glance such a myriad of mighty associations," wrote one nineteenth-century chronicler. As for the great aqueduct, its "broken and disjointed arches" suggest "the vertebrae of some mighty monster." The rolling plain of the Campagna was only marginally occupied during the height of the Roman Empire: one lived either within the protective walls of Rome or in the cooler and more defendable hill towns a few miles away. After the fall of Rome, the countryside grew even more desolate. Except for a few castles and towers built in the Middle Ages and an occasional farmhouse built in the nineteenth century, the area remained barely populated for 1,400 years, haunted by its past. Then, in the late 1800s, after Italy became a nation and Rome its capital, the Campagna changed dramatically. Railroads began to weave in and out of the arches of aqueducts; suburbs began to intrude on the plain. Now the Campagna is increasingly threatened by rapid and uncontrolled urban sprawl. Sternfeld's magnificent color photographs capture poignant juxtapositions of past and present: ancient tombs, villas, arches, temples coexisting with apartment houses, malls, and the blight of the modern city. Much of the area that Sternfeld documents has been proposed as a large archaeological park, but unless legislation is enacted immediately, what little remains of the historic Campagna will be lost forever. Campagna Romana, the only modern photographic study of this legendary place, captures its wonders for all time and pleads for its preservation
The arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum by Richard Brilliant( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 1978 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Likeness and beyond : portraits from Africa and the world by Jean Borgatti( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and German and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mythological figures and portraits : the Miller Collection of Roman sculpture by Richard Brilliant( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commentaries on Roman art : selected studies by Richard Brilliant( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical ideal( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the origins of humanism and the classical style to ancient Greece and the genius of Roman engineering, architecture and portrait sculpture. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant
Death : from dust to destiny by Richard Brilliant( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The terms 'birth' and 'death' have long denoted the apparent boundaries of our biological lives, situating in time the moments of coming to be and passing away. Yet the specific trajectory of a life can surpass its temporal boundaries. Long after the perishing of the body, and of its physical remains, the individual's ethos can endure in the collective memories of survivors and subsequent generations. Such remnants have been created by rituals, reinforced through commemorations and obituaries, and projected through art and architecture. These powerful inducements to remember counter the finality of physical death, bridging the gap between absence and presence. 'Death: From Dust to Destiny', featuring a wide-ranging collection of texts and images together with the author's guiding commentary, offers a reflective meditation on the methods that artists, architects and writers have developed to activate memory, and animate their subjects into a - possibly - unending afterlife. In this process death need no longer be a terminal departure but can become a new form of existence in the minds of others
Art of the Western world( Visual )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the origins of humanism and much of Western art to ancient Greece. Discusses Kouroi and Korai figures and the architecture of the Parthenon. Identifies Roman art as inherently political art that concentrated on technical sophistication and detail. Traces the decline of humanistic values in the late antique period where classical themes and forms were adapted to serve Christian purposes. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant
Who owns culture? : cultural property and patrimony disputes in an age without borders by International Conference on Cultural Property and Patrimony( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Rhetorik des Ornaments by Isabelle Frank( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Group dynamics : family portraits & scenes of everyday life at the New-York Historical Society by Richard Brilliant( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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My Laocoön : alternative claims in the interpretation of artworksFacing the new world : Jewish portraits in colonial and federal America
Alternative Names
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Richard Brilliant Scholar of Roman art; Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University (1970- )