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An Exact Likeness

The Portraits of John Wesley
  • By Prof. Richard P. Heitzenrater
The Portraits of John Wesley
  • By Prof. Richard P. Heitzenrater
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A unique pictorial art history book that describes John Wesley’s legacy through the many portraits and sculptures that attempt his exact likeness, in life and in death.

Faces are more than a montage of organs that see, breathe, speak, hear, eat, sing, smell, and yell. As Josephine Tey points out in her mystery novel, The Daughter of Time, the slant of an eyebrow, the set of a mouth, the look of the eye, the firmness of a chin, often can provide evidence of character that is as telling as a report card or a police blotter. Those features depicted on portraits of individuals can be equally telling of the person’s inner nature or perhaps of what the artist thinks (or wants the viewer to think) about the person being portrayed. Sometimes a portrait might be even more useful than a biography.

While examining these portraits, the author considers three questions: what was Wesley’s attitude toward the portrait (if any), how did the public respond to these portrayals, and what was the artist attempting to convey? This book focuses on the main portraits and their derivatives, looking at them within the three main categories that developed over the years: Oxford don, Methodist preacher, and notable person. Although these types seemed to arise in chronological order, there is some overlap between categories, especially toward the end of Wesley’s life and beyond.

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A unique pictorial art history book that describes John Wesley’s legacy through the many portraits and sculptures that attempt his exact likeness, in life and in death.

Faces are more than a montage of organs that see, breathe, speak, hear, eat, sing, smell, and yell.  The slightest nuance in expressions can provide evidence of character that is as telling as a report card or a police blotter, and portraits of individuals can be equally revealing of the person’s inner nature. Richard P. Heitzenrater, the top John Wesley scholar in the world, provides a commentary and interpretation of historical circumstances surrounding more than 50 full-color portraits and sculptures of the father of Methodism in An Exact Likeness. You may just learn more about Wesley in this unique art history book than what you can find in a conventional biography.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781501816604
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Binding Type: Casebound - Printed Binding
    • ISBN 13: 9781501816604
    • Publication Date: 04/05/2016
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Page Count: 128
    • Author: Prof. Richard P. Heitzenrater
    • Width: 8.00 inches
    • Height: 10.00 inches
    • Length: 10.00 inches
    • Weight: 18.40 pounds
    • SKU: 9781501816611
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781501816611
    • Publication Date: 04/05/2016
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Prof. Richard P. Heitzenrater
    • Page Count: 0
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
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