They have appeared everywhere from TV to different prints and objects. They’ve been used as decorations or for commercial purposes. Many have mocked them in paint, drawing or even digital media. In the next article we will discuss a number of well known portraits and their story.
1. Mona Lisa - Leonardo Da Vinci
|Leonardo Da Vinci|
2. Girl With a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer
|(said to be) Vermeer|
3. Portrait of Dr. Gachet - Vincent Van Gogh
|Vincent van Gogh|
4. Dora Maar Au Chat (Dora Maar with cat) - Pablo Picasso
5. Adele Bloch-Bauer I - Gustav Klimt
6. Portrait of a Man (aka Portrait of a Man with a Turban) - Jan van Eyck
Jan van Eyck is considered one of the greatest Flemish painters of the 15th century, and is also known as being among the first painters to use oil paints on wooden panels. Although few works have been identified as belonging to him, his skills are clearly visible. One of his famous paintings is “Portrait of a Man”, depicting an older man, possibly the painter himself, wearing a large red headpiece resembling a turban. The visual impact is given by the contrasting black background and the strong red of the chaperon. The man’s face is done with great care with a renaissance technique called “sfumato” that blends the colors and tones without leaving any trace of brush strokes or hard lines. The left eye is closer to the viewer and we can see some fine traces of yellow and red as well as an under paint of blue in his iris. Van Eyck used to paint his name on the frame in a way that it would appear as if carved into wood. The inscription on this portrait reads “Jan Van Eyck Made Me On October 21, 1433”.