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The Political Portrait

Leadership, Image and Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Luciano Cheles, Alessandro Giacone


384 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138054233
pub: 2020-06-29
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The leader's portrait, produced in a variety of media (statues, coins, billboards, posters, stamps), is a key instrument of propaganda in totalitarian regimes, but increasingly also dominates political communication in democratic countries as a result of the personalization and spectacularization of campaigning.

Written by an international group of contributors, this volume spans the last one hundred years, covering a wide range of countries around the globe, and dealing with dictatorial regimes and democratic systems alike. As well as discussing the effigies that are produced by the powers that be for propaganda purposes, it looks at the uses of portraiture by antagonistic groups or movements as forms of derision, denunciation and demonization.

This volume will be of interest to researchers in visual studies, art history, media studies, cultural studies, politics and contemporary history.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Faces of Politics [Luciano Cheles and Pierre Sorlin]; 2. Portraits of United States Presidents and National Candidates Past and Present [Steven Seidman]; 3. Representing Leaders in Britain. The Portraits of Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair [Simon Downs]; 4. The Dawn of Political Portraiture in Italy [Maurizio Ridolfi]; 5. Alessandra Antola Swan: Manufacturing Charisma: Mussolini's Photographic Portraits [Alessandra Antola Swan]; 6. A Dictator with a Human Face? The Portraits of the Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss [Lucile Dreidemy]; 7. Franco: When the Portrait Matters More than the Model [Pierre Sorlin]; 8. The Face of the Regime. Political Portraiture in the Soviet Union and Russia [Graeme Gill]; 9. Faces of Mao [Stefan Landsberger]; 10. Monuments in History: Political Portraiture in North Korea [Mary Ginsberg]; 11.‘For Our Beloved Leader’. Nicolae Ceausescu's Propaganda Portraits [Manuela Marin]; 12. The German Chancellors: Visual Strategies for the Image of the Head of State [Manja Wilkens]; 13. From Reticence to Excess: Political Portraiture in Italy from the Fall of Fascism to the Present [Luciano Cheles]; 14. The Presidential Portrait in Italy: from Officialdom to Satire [Alessandro Giacone]; 15. Staging Power in France: Political Portraiture from Mitterrand to Macron [Luciano Cheles]; 16. Political Portraiture in Early Republican Turkey: Mustafa Atatürk and İsmet İnönü [Christopher Wilson & Sinan Niyazioghr]; 17. Burning United States Presidents: Protest Effigies in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan [Florian Göttke]

About the Editors

Luciano Cheles taught Italian Studies at the University of Poitiers (France) and is a member of the Laboratoire Universitaire Histoire Cultures Italie Europe of the University of Grenoble Alpes.

Alessandro Giacone is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Politics

Routledge Research in Art and Politics is a new series focusing on politics and government as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Popular Culture
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Subjects & Themes / Portraits
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies