Classic Portraiture : Half-Body or Three-Quarter

Welcome to Week Thirty-Six of p52.2 : Framed.

As we continue our month-long study of classical portraiture, this week we explore the half-body or three-quarter profile portrait. This is the common pose of classic artists – think of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or the portraits of Botticelli and other artists of the Renaissance. The three-quarter pose can tells us more than a headshot: it reveals the story and character of the subject through his or her clothing, status and surroundings.

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