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Two portraits of what it is to be a man.

In my late twenties I found much of what I learned about what a man was in the portraiture from the 17th and 18th centuries.  The Dutch Baroque portraits already on the surface engage the viewer with their detail, subtle … Continue reading

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A note about a Presidential Portrait.

I was very humored in a tid-bit I found in my current reading of a biography of the realist painter George Caleb Bingham. For a period of time in the mid 1800’s Bingham moved to a then muddy and under … Continue reading

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The Friendship Portrait, and a Requiem for Friendship

While at the Louvre this past May I was very happy to come upon one of Raphael’s friendship portraits that I discovered years prior.  Seems that in the 16th century, it was a common practice for friends to get their … Continue reading

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