School of Art
This paper aims to answer the question 'how do portrait painters capture a person's personality through painting the expressive qualities of the face?'. The first half of the paper describes the anthropological research, taken from the disciplines of psychology, anthropology, and other social sciences studying perception, physiognomy, and caricature. The second half of the paper analyzes four portraits painted by well-known portraitists to relate the painting with the sitter's character. The findings lie in the application of the information gathered from the anthropological research to the specific portraits being studied. The resulting analysis is new knowledge; these portraits have never been described in this way. This makes the paper more than a research paper but a paper introducing new perspectives and ideas.
Aberle, Rachel, "Portraiture: exploring the language of the face" (2004). Honors Capstones. 907.
Northern Illinois University
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