Portrait
 
 

 



A portrait is a work of art about a person.

Grant Wood's Woman with Plants
Some portraits look like the model.
Pablo Picasso's Girl with Dark Hair
Some portraits are about the model but may not look like them.

The subject of a portrait (the model) can appear at different angles:

Della Francesca, "Portrait of Duchess"
A profile is a side view. Profiles were common in Florence until about 1470.
Mary Cassatt, " Margot in White"
A front view looks
straight at the model. The face is symmetrically balanced.
Paul Gauguin, "Woman with a Mango"
A three quarters view is half way between a front view and a profile. The head is turned slightly to the side so you see all of one side and part of the other.

 

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