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I love Renaissance

I love Renaissance art because, the human face is, of all the objects in the world, the one in which we are programmed to take the most interest. Constantly we scan the features of those around us for clues and cues - hostile or friendly, happy or sad, what sort of life do they lead? All of these Renaissance portraits were painted because the sitters in some way mattered. Some were celebrated people in their day. But most were of husbands and wives, friends, relations, and prospective brides and grooms. The last were important because in an era of arranged marriage an accurate portrait might be the only way to find out what your intended spouse looked like before it was too late to change your mind. Looking at the portraits of Renaissance men and women, we see ourselves.

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