Turning Heads: Bruegel, Rubens and Rembrandt



ISBN: 9789464666786 Category:

Nico Van Hout, Lizzie Marx, Koen Bulckens E.A.


Unique view of the ‘tronies’ in art from the Netherlands

Our fascination for faces transcends eras and cultures. Turning Heads – Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer highlights a remarkable genre in painting to which little attention has so far been paid: tronies or study heads, which were intended first and foremost to depict an emotion or a character trait. Since the model’s identity did not matter, painters could truly go to town with these heads. Tronies were drawn and painted by some of the greatest masters: Dürer, Bruegel, Massys, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, to name just a few. Turning Heads offers a fresh insight into a genre that is older and more varied than you might think. This book includes dozens of illustrations plus the thoughts of contemporary artists for whom the face is essential to their own work.

Catalogue for the exhibition of the same name at the KMSKA in Antwerp (from October 20, 2023 to January 21, 2024) and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin (from February 24 to May 26, 2024).

Additional information

Weight 1124 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 May 2024
Number of pages 196
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.1 cm
Weight 1124 g


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Nico Van Hout Head of Collection Research - Curator Seventeenth Century Paintings, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (KMSKA) in Antwerpen (Antwerp), Belgium.