People tend to want to leave their mark in history, perpetuating their own image in the form of a portrait on canvas. In former times, to order a portrait could only representatives of a narrow circle of powerful rulers and nobility.
They commissioned a portrait from the most talented and famous master of his time. Portraits were painted from nature for months or even years, the artist tried to deeply feel the human essence, thoroughly display the individual traits, simultaneously fixing the attributes of the time when the portrait was painted. Therefore, portrait art is of great value in the historical and cultural sense.
But, what is a portrait to order today? After all, painting technologies of the past centuries, materials and means of expression have long changed. Continue reading