spacer catalog coverspacer Portraits of the Presidents: from the National Portrait Gallery
by Frederick Voss

144 pages, 74 illustrations: 64 color; 10 b/w
Rizzoli International Publications Inc.,
New York, NY
Distributed by St. Martin's Press
Hardcover $34.95

One of the most visited galleries of the National Portrait Gallery is the Hall of Presidents, the collection of portraits of American's elected leaders. More than a visual record of the holders of power, these images evoke the careers and legacies of the men they portray.

An authoritative, engaging text by Frederick Voss illuminates the pictures, offering a concise history of each president and telling how each portrait came to be made. Included in this book are images of every American President, from Gilbert Stuart's famous depiction of George Washington, to Elaine de Kooning's John Kennedy and Norman Rockwell's Richard Nixon, and concluding with Chuck Close's photographic portrait of Bill Clinton. Popular Presidents like Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Kennedy are represented by multiple images. This is the ideal commemorative gift for history buffs and students alike.

Frederick Voss is the National Portrait Gallery's senior historian. His many books include Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time

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