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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

Face Time: People in Art through the Ages. An Evolution of the Human Image

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2020

London 2 – 23 June 2020 Online. Christie’s announces the online sale Face Time: People in Art through the Ages, a themed auction which looks at portraiture and the representation of people in art, whilst tracing the evolution of the human image from the Renaissance through to the early 20th century.Comprising 51 lots, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and portrait miniatures, works range in estimates from £600 to £40,000. The sale not only considers portraits through time, but also across cultures. From 16th Century Italian portraiture through to album depicting minorities in China, figurative art has been a method of exploring and contrasting how people have viewed themselves and others throughout history.In the West the tradition of portraiture stretches back to the sculpture of the Greek and Roman empires. With the fall of Rome centuries followed in which figurative representation, even of specific people, became more generic, and then with the Renaissance came the resurgence of the distinctive personal likeness. This shift emerged with the revival of interest in Greco-Roman culture and a greater interest in individual identity. This is the same moment that the notion of the artist as an individual also began to solidify, an idea that gave rise to a plethora of self-portraits. If the reality of the individual is one of the essential marks of European portraiture from the 15th Century through to the present, it also ‘seeks to bring out whatever the sitter has in common with the rest of humanity’, as the great art historian Erwin Panofsky wrote. Bringing together Western and Chinese figurative art at the end of the chronological scope of Face Time highlights this commonality across cultures and peoples, a hugely important notion to maintain in today’s society.

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