Portraits; Past and Present

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a ...

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC; the alabaster mantle is a modern addition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Portrait - Charles Dickens Polski: Po...

English: Portrait – Charles Dickens Polski: Portret Karola Dickensa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Men Portraits; Past and Present

Throughout the human history from the early sketches of cavemen to post modern art portraits have been conveying human expression from every corner of the world. As Aristotle stated, “The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality.”

Materials, processes and techniques make each portrait a unique masterpiece. Different eras in different geographical locations have used papyrus, miniatures, oil painting and even modern day photography for artwork.

Charles Dickens put it, “there are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.” Gender, ethnicity and nationality and time all come together to deliver the expressions of men. The portraits are in dominant, governing, sage and authoritative pose.

The early drawings of our ancestors show their struggle for life. Men are shown to be hunters .the strange thing about these pictures is the simplicity in showing the survivalist instincts of humanity.

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