The art of portraiture is a delicate and nuanced balance. There is a negotiation between the artist and the subject as to how to portray the individual. Pose, lighting, expression, wardrobe, setting… all of these are carefully considered decisions.
A well composed portrait sends a clear message about the who the subject wants others to believe they are, but at the same time it needs to be realistic enough for the audience to accept that message without question. It has to appear truthful and honest despite the fact that it is entirely staged.
With that in mind I would like to suggest a critique of an iconic portrait of one of our icons, Charles Darwin.
Question: What message is this portrait attempting to send about Darwin?
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