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Art History – The Power Of Portraiture – Session 2 – “Re-Presenting The Self”

4 October, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


In celebration of the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery, Jo Rhymer will discuss how we can make meaningful connections with portrait paintings.
This course will consider the origins of portraiture, its various roles through history as well as its function today. Looking closely at specific works in the National Portrait Gallery Collection and beyond, we will think about ways to increase our interaction with paintings of people and to create thought-provoking encounters with both historical and contemporary works.
Session Two: Re-Presenting The Self

In the second session Jo will examine how resemblance and character might be conveyed, not only through description, but through gesture, body language and use of materials. How have portraits – particularly painted works – developed in order to remain a viable means to re-present a person, or people? We will be looking at the work of various artists including Van Gogh, Lucian Freud and Lubiana Himid

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