Looking at Ourselves: The Many Faces of Portraiture, Part II



Portraiture is a subject that can be mined in great depth. As a portrait provides us with objective information about its subject, it also affords us a window into societal attitudes and philosophies that shaped the world in which these people lived. “Looking at Ourselves: The Many Faces of Portraits in the 15th through the 17th Centuries”, Part I, explored the rebirth of portraiture in the Renaissance. This lecture will continue that exploration, moving through the 16th and 17th centuries and introducing artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vermeer and Velasquez. Topics will include the politics of power in portraiture, the friendship portrait, and the ever popular group portrait.


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