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Portraits

Long before "selfies", people were making or commissioning portraits of themselves and others in order to capture a moment in time. Whether the subject is a famous person or not, a portrait can be fascinating for a variety of reasons - the attractiveness of the subject, what he/she/ze is wearing, what their facial expression conveys about their mood, the interesting props either held or in the background. Some portraits are just conceptual, not of real beings, and so the art becomes more about what the artist is trying to convey through their style, technique and medium than about delivering an "accurate" image of the sitter.

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