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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279944

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.001.0001

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The Autonomous Portrait

The Autonomous Portrait

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(p.13) The Autonomous Portrait
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Portrait
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Jean-Luc Nancy

, Sarah Clift, Simon Sparks
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.003.0002

The only words of Rembrandt’s that we know are these: I have done nothing but portraits.

—Matisse, Écrits et propos sur l’art

A portrait, according to the standard definition or description, is the representation of a person considered for him-or herself. This definition is as correct as it is straightforward. All the same, it is far from being sufficient. It defines a function or a finality, that of representing a person for him-or herself and ...

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