Who’s Who in Portraits 4: Renaissance Faces

The fourth part of our series Who's Who in Portraits is a slight detour given the arrival (in 2008) of an important exhibition on Renaissance portraiture entitled Renaissance Faces. As evidence of the quality of portraiture displayed, it was shown both at the National Gallery in London and the Prado in Madrid. Nevertheless, despite the catalogue's insistence that the identity and biography of the sitter is of great importance to understanding the painting, we demonstrated here - as always, with many images and few words - that a very large number of their exhibits resembled the artist. We made little headway. The exhibition was extolled in the press as a triumph, a rare chance to look in the eye of those "real" people who lived so long ago. Take a look and make your own decision.

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