Contemporary Portraits’ Split Reference
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Pictures of friends or family, celebrities or total strangers, candidly or carefully composed, are intimate invitations to look directly and deeply. What are we really seeing when we look at a painted portrait? Naturally our responses differ depending on how the figures are presented to us. But our ability to take in at a glance how a sitter has been depicted and to surmise why, relies on the subtleties of the portrait’s identity as determined by the gaze of the artist and that of the sitter.