Through a lens, darkly...

September 20 2011

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Picture: Daily Mirror, Jan Mikulka, 'Jakub', (detail).

Further to my harumph about paintings of photographs, such as the above from the NPG's BP Portrait Award, a reader writes:

Re photographic portraits - I have not seen the portrait in question, but on the principle I heartily concur. It does, however, give rise to an interesting question which does not go away when we look at distortions in paintings from other eras. It can be difficult to determine where masterly virtuosity, taking advantage of available technology, gives way to a technical dependence on technological competence. There’s a fascinatingly fine line somewhere down the road to The Arnolfini Wedding.

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