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Can a portrait reveal the truth about you?
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I think that a portrait of a person can reveal a truth about the one pictured in a single moment of time. Much like a photograph, a portrait simply captures a moment in time. Therefore, a portrait is (typically) very one-dimensional in regards to emotions.
That being said, the way others view a portrait is much more important. Given that art is subjective, viewers of an individual portrait may see many different things within the face of the one pictured.
For example, while the person in the portrait may have been "going for" sadness, a person viewing the picture may see remorse, sadness, deep thought, fear, worry, or any other multitude of emotions.
Therefore, a portrait can reveal a truth, the truth is simply different for all those involved (meaning the person whom the portrait is of and the viewer).
Posted by literaturenerd on January 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM (Answer #1)
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