Portraiture has always loomed large in the history of western European picture making, especially once the practice of painting, freed from devotion to the religious subject, could turn to depicting wealthy patrons and secular sitters. When Pliny described the invention of drawing in antiquity, the origin-image he referred to was a portrait. The portrait continued to rule image making and taking, expanding far beyond the artwork to the point where the human face is the most photographed image by both amateurs and professionals. This three-day course will explore the development, styles and functions of portraiture, looking at a wide range of artists including Holbein, Titian, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Slim Aarons and Martin Parr.
What will you experience?
Why study this course?
The Noble Face provides participants with a focused look at this particular style of art. It looks at a variety of techniques used by major artists and the secrets behind capturing the inner character of the sitter.
Who should take this course?
Anyone who is interested in learning more about development, styles and functions of portraiture. and artistic techniques.
• Ability to analyse and engage with images of Portraiture in Western European Art
• Growing confidence in looking at and interpreting works of art
• Understanding of the evolution and innovations of materials and techniques.