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  • GARY McCARTNEY

Real and Not Real: Renaissance Portraits

I've recently developed a passion for Renaissance portraiture. In an era before photography, portraits were the only way of capturing a likeness. Realism was highly prized, and the skills in capturing details are quite incredible. No less than the faces, the art of capturing fabrics and backgrounds were highly developed. Even with a black background the composition of negative space is as considered as the likeness itself. But here's the duality: the more lifelike the rendering, the more surreal it becomes. Real but not real. But beautiful nonetheless.


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