Beyond the Portraits

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. (Michelangelo)

If we see the world art history of the portraits, it is quite interesting to see the progress of ideas, aesthetics, techniques, and materials, whether it is painting, mural sculpture, photography or new medias. In each country we can see different ideas of portraits done by different artists in different times and spaces...

The idea of a portrait is linked with realism, both the inner and outer reality of an artist; it is a reflection of the both selfves, the artist and the portrait of the person. Most of the people are interested to see their portraits because they are like a mirror reflection of the Self and Soul.