Lucas Cranach. Portrait of Princess Sybille of Cleves, Wife of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous of Saxony, 1520
Portraits have been around since the beginning of time. Before photography they described physical features but more importantly power and status of the pharaohs, emperors, royals, nobles, bourgeoisie and celebrities. When I look at portraits from the 1400-1500’s I wonder why the artist captured the particular “mood” and “look”. In this portrait there is something in the facial expression that makes me want to know about her story, what was she thinking, what was going on in her life at the time. When I googled portraits there were 1 1/2 billion images. Now that ”selfie” has been added to the dictionary it leads me to question why we want to record ourselves and post to a social media site so often. Why not ask someone else to take the picture? What do we hope to capture for all to see?