Part 1 - WHAT’S IN A FACE? Self-Portraits of Artists
Self-portraits have been around since the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Since 1500, with the rise of individualism and quality mirrors, self portraits by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, van Gogh, Munch and others have continued to intrigue us. Why were they made? Status? Pride? Fear of mortality? What is the artist as a sitter conveying to us as the viewer? What do we want to know?
Part 2 - WHAT’S IN A BODY? - The Portraits of Others
What does the artist want us to understand about the subject? Why are we fascinated? Portraits of royals, heroes, literary giants, movie stars and other artists are not only symbolic in body language and setting, but are indicative of cultural and societal change, and as relevant today as in the past.
Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne (1806 oil on canvas)
Artist - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
The Desperate Man, 1843–45
Artist: Gustave Courbet,
Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Thursday Sep 17, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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