Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Tidbit: The Many Faces of George Washington
The Many Faces of George Washington, Carla Killough McClafferty. (Carolrhoda, 4/2011)
Gilbert Stuart's portraits of George Washington have left most Americans with a definite image of the first president: austere, dignified, and forever elderly. The Many Faces of George Washington tells the story of the team of historians and artists who have given the world new images of the icon.
The book follow the team's creation of three life-size statues of Washington that show him as a young surveyor, the famous general, and the first president. To build the figures, the team relies on everything from existing images to 3D skeletal models -- and, as the book's copious photo illustrations make clear, lots of painstaking - though fascinating -- work.
(Review copy provided by publisher; text shamelessly cribbed from my Cybils blurb.)