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Portraits Travel Through Time

Page history last edited by Kathleen Chenowith 6 years, 5 months ago

If you could travel any where in the world and to any moment in time, where would you journey?


Well known time travelers:

Dr. Who and his Tardis   
Back to the Future  http://youtu.be/SR5BfQ4rEqQ 
Mr. Peabody & Sherman   
H.G. Wells   

Artists throughout history have distorted time and portrayed individuals from the present as part of the past.

donor portrait  is a portrait in a larger painting or other work showing the person who commissioned and paid for the image, Sometimes family members are also portrayed.  Donor portraits are very common in religious works of art, especially paintings, of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Most often donors are pictured off to the side, in the foreground and on a smaller scale than the main figures.  In this image the donor is actually part of the scene.   


source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donor_portrait

Portrait of Madame Recamier an 18th century Parisian socialite painted byJacques-Louise David. Here she is depicted in clothing of the past in neo-classical greek and roman dress. 

Artists often mimic artists from the past. 

Roy Lichtenstein's George Washington inspired by Gilbert Stuart's GW.  Notice how the photo of Lichtenstein resembles his portrait of George?



Self Portrait Looking at the Last Supper by Marisol 1982-4


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Kehinde Wiley 2005, depicts Iced T after the artist Ingres' 1808, portrait of Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne. Notice the laurel leaf crown referencing a more distant past, that of the Roman emperors.


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Some artist who like to project the future.  What will actor Bill Murray be like in the future. 


Image source: deviant art, artist "funkwood" dan 

Bill Murray by funkwood
Chino Otsuka is a contemporary Japanese artist/photographer living in England, who explores the idea of memories and time travel.  Through photography and video her current self meets her past self.  Thanks to Gerard for discovering her!



image source: http://chino.co.uk/gallery/gallery.htm

Use these resources to locate images for your "Time Travel" portrait. So that you won't be overwhelmed by too much information, have a good idea for the time and place you'd like to travel to before looking through the resources.

Metropolitan Museum of Art timeline- search the art history timeline by continents from around the world

Art History timeline from Smarthistory web book presented by Kahn Academy

Library of Congress prints and photographs online catalogue.

Historical Images from the Smithsonian collection- photographs, artworks and documents.

Google Cultural Institute- explore Art Project, Historical Moments or World Wonders

Boolean Operators such as "and", "or" and "not" can help you find the images you want and save you time while searching databases on the internet.  Watch the video for a short but well informed demonstration.


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