I think I can safely say this book is unique. Del Baldo’s concept is brilliant and possibly opened more “cans of worms” than even he thought at the start of his project. Taking over 10 years to complete, this book is the result of what seems to be a labor of love.

In short, Del Baldo asked 96 individuals, some well known, others not so prominent, in the fields of philosophy, science, history, ethnology, consciousness studies and art history to send him a photograph of themselves (head and shoulders). He would then paint a portrait of each individual from the photograph and his knowledge of their work and personalities. In return for Del Baldo gifting the finished portrait to each individual, they were required to gift him a written response concerning what the portrait meant to them.

The book is nicely produced: It runs to 460 pages with 96 color...

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