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ART: Portraiture

General Resources


National Portrait Gallery (London)....... its:
Digital Resources  
Making art in Tudor Britain  with its fantastic Tudor and Jacobean portraits database
current exhibition The Real Tudors

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (US)

National Portrait Gallery (Canberra)

Understanding British Portraits

Tudor and Elizabeth portraits

Holbein in England - a 2007 exhibition at the Tate Gallery.

Podcast: Henry VIII, after Hans Holbein, from the National Museums Liverpool.

William Hogarth and 18th century print culture - has a section on physiognomy

Las Meninas

Ddigital image of the painting 'Las Meninas' (1656) by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), and an accompanying critique by the art historian Kenneth Clark, taken from Clark's book 'Looking at Pictures'

InfoGoya96: an initiative of the University of Zaragoza

Goya's last works from the Frick Collection

Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection presents images of visual materials from  Yale University Library's collection.
The majority of the Library's world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Images Collection,
including works by Gillray, Rowlandson, Hogarth, Woodward, Cruikshank, Bunbury, and Newton, among others.

Intute: visual arts is a searchable catalogue of Internet resources that have been carefully selected and catalogued.

Portrait painting and drawing

A portrait painting or drawing depicts the image of a particular person or animal, or group thereof. The subject of a portrait is usually called a "sitter", because traditionally people would sit in front of the artist to have their portrait painted. Nowadays, of course, artists can work from a photograph, so not everyone has to "sit" for a portrait...

Technique Resources  and how to :


Portrait Drawing with Gary Geraths (Otis College)

Portrait Drawing of the head using a live model. Follow the detailed description of how to do a drawing of a head, showing close ups, examples and tips. Gary Geraths is a professor in the exceptional Foundation Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Sidney Nolan 'Ned Kelly' 1946

YouTube: Create a self-portrait using the grid-drawing method.

Grid Drawing by Larry Kitchen