Monday, May 1, 2017

Famous Portraits

There are many examples of well-known portraits of famous artists.Self portraits are an assignment in every art class because the artist is always available as a model. With the advent of mirrors in the 15th century artists painted themselves to promote their careers as portrait painters. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo were prolific painters of their own image. Magritte painted himself hiding his face with an apple.

Artists have painted their wives,daughters and famous people, The Woman with Green Stripe, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Marilyn Monroe paintings are iconic examples.  Artists have made ordinary people famous, consider the Mona Lisa and American Gothic. The history of portraits has evolved from the stone heads of ancient pharaohs to fine art photography. There are museums dedicated to portraits throughout the world including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  

Most important, the  portrait is an enduring art form that anyone can commission and own.

Woman with Green Stripe
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Frida Kahlo
Mona Lisa
American Gothic
Son of Man

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