Behind the Portrait
  - from  Ötzi  to Jamie -
The new Anna AGTMA assemblage art exhibition “Behind the portrait” unveils pictures of men and women from the earliest time to the present day. They depict a cultural and social variety of eminent persons at an appropriate time of life from intimate moments to formal records. Understanding portraits is the main aim of these newly created art works, hoping they will give an insight into the world of art and the complex relationship between artist and sitter.
Portraits have always been around. Testaments of portraiture as a genre can be seen as early as wall painting in caves. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had a fascination with portraiture in their painted or sculptured form. During the Middle Ages portraiture declined, but the Renaissance re-invented it in a modern sense. This era is therefore a pivotal moment in the history of the genre, predominately portraying royals, nobles and religious figures. In later centuries portraits opened up to include the bourgeoisie as well as nameless models.
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