From Leonardo’s drawings of grotesque heads to contemporary prints lampooning American political figures, the Metropolitan Museum has a vast and largely unknown collection of caricatures and other satirical works. This volume, the first to feature that collection, offers 160 such examples dating from about 1500 to the present— many of them previously unpublished—that reflect the age-old tradition of employing exaggeration and humor to convey personal, social, or political meaning. Stressing the continuity of certain artistic approaches, it examines the development of the genre across a broad expanse of centuries. The basic visual components of caricature are discussed and illustrated, as are themes such as physical types, people as animals or objects, social satire (food, fashion, and foreigners), and politics (British, French, and American). Artists as diverse as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, Francisco de Goya, Eugène Delacroix, Honoré Daumier, and David Levine contribute their distinctive talents to this fascinating—and very amusing—compilation.
224 pages, 211 illustrations (207 in full color). 9" x 10". Hardcover.
Winner of the 2012 New York Book Festival Award in the photography/art category.