Analyses The Importance Of Oil Painting Portraits In The Digital Age

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Oil painting portraits have been in the media spotlight recently - reveals why the traditional medium is still so strongly valued today.

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Everyone has digital photographs of their friends and family on their computer or in a photo album – but how many people can say they have an oil painting portrait of their loved ones?

A newly discovered copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, arguably the world’s most famous oil painting, dominated art headlines like the Los Angeles Times at the start of this month.

Conservators at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, made the discovery after removing black over-paint and varnish, revealing a remarkably detailed Tuscan background and brighter colours that portray the famous subject in a much more lively composition.

The discovery provides scholars important insights into Da Vinci paintings and his workshop, as experts believe the copy was completed simultaneously as the original.
But it also points to a larger question: Why do portraits remain so popular, even though photographs and digital cameras supersede the medium in terms of image accuracy and speed of production?

Around the world every month, dozens of exhibitions are held devoted to the art form. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until March 18, 2012, is the exhibition entitled The Renaissance Portrait From Donatello To Bellini, which looks at the rediscovery of the individual; last week an exhibition titled Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727–1804) -Ten fantasy portraits opened in Madrid, showing the portraits of one of Spain’s greatest painters; and finally, a new portrait of Fred Korematsu was installed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery this month, highlighting the role the medium plays in memory but also as symbolic metaphors in wider social justice issues. Marketing Vice President Olivia Preston said the strength of portrait painting was its longevity and sense of nostalgia. “Painting someone is one of humankind’s oldest artistic acts,” she said. “We know, for example, that the oldest known portrait in the world is a 27,000 year old painting on the walls of the Vilhonneur cave in Angoulême, France, so we’ve been doing it a very long time and the personal and fundamental nature of the act remains the same to this day”.
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1.    Mona Lisa, c. 1503–1519. This painting really requires no introduction. The Da Vinci masterpiece features a woman, widely accepted as Lisa del Giocondo, who possesses an enigmatic facial expression that has beguiled viewers for centuries. Its composition and delicate modelling also lead to its continual study and admiration.

2.    The Two Fridas, 1939. Mexican Surrealist Frida Kahlo was famous for her self-portraits and this is just one brilliant example. The two versions of herself represent, on one hand, the proud, whole, strong and ideal, while the other, the emotionally distraught and fragile human. With its universal themes and appeal, the portrait’s messages transcend all languages and cultures.

3.    Mother and Child, 1881. This Renoir painting is valued for its warmth and joyous portrayal of the love shared between a mother and child. A rich, but soothing, palette infuses it with a sense of maternal bliss, rendering the oil painting a perfect addition for any playroom, living room, rumpus, knitting room or a sophisticated nursery.

The widespread appeal of oil painting portraits is also reflected in the popularity of’s photo to painting service. Every portrait is hand painted by professional artists using the best quality paints and canvasses. “Everyone has digital photographs of their friends and family on their computer or in a photo album – but how many people can say they have an oil painting portrait of their loved ones?” Ms Preston said. “They make the perfect gift, and they’ll last for many generations to come.” Each artwork is also customisable to any size, with a wide range of framing choices also available.

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