It’s amazing how sometimes the world delivers just in the nick of time. It’s like losing your keys and finding them in time. This week has been filled with timely gifts. The kardashian appearances between fayoum and California is something to think about. Not only does the world know them but they are captured in the same age group they are now, recognizable as we know them.
As you attempt to solve and address problems you have to think from both angles both yours as the authors and theirs as the sceptics. One big issue is helping my future audience understand the difference between picture matching and finding the right owner to the portrait. There are seven billion owners on this planet. I am not sure what the odds are for look alike mathematically. Even lookalikes are not complete matches. I don’t know the odds but I would say that in a multi billion population it would be one in several million. So let’s think about 200 portraits and that I was able to identify them with a plausible match within my social circle. My social circle is not only my family and friends but what I would call persons of jnterest. People who are in the public eye who have attracted my attention.
Human personality is something that emanates from both physical and Jon tangible resources. Last night I was trying to find a match for a rather obscured painting that had not weathered well. I spent days glancing at it searching my mind with no luck. The painting is of a young woman with classic Italian features. Features that could be considered too stylized to belong to any one person. Last night I decided to face the challenge one last time before calling it quits. I found what I thought was the closest natch, and Jo sooner than doing so did I suddenly realize that my brain had finally located the rightful owner. When I found a pleasing photograph to mirror the painting it became obvious once again that every human is a fantastic mixture and blends if attributes that only belong to them and the correct match just screams at you.
Here are some simple melange of attributes that are broken down. Keep in mind that even a catastrophic artistic rendition done with dirty brushes and bad pigments by a blind painter still captures enough essential attributes to still be connected to the sitter if the portrait no matter how bad the painting.
…..shape of face
…..color and luminescence of the skin
…..length and width of the nose
…..shape of eyebrows
……taughtness of skin
……shape of lips
……color and shape of eyes
……shape of ears
…….hairline and color if hair
……wrinkles and laugh lines
……shape of skull
……formation of eyelids
……size of cornea
……tilt of head
……texture of hair
Within each category are more subtle nuances. Eyes are not just located in your face, they are spaced. The eyes have their own unique shape and tilt. Another interesting thing shout eyes is that they literally are windows into the human soul. They are the prime focus of any portrait and as you look at these 200 examples you will see that the eyes are always exaggerated and larger than life. The nose seems to be a nuisance on the human face and obstacle to be overcome. To some degree almost all artists battle the nose and many fall short. The nose transforms the face into a three dimensional concept and that is hard to master.
The portraits are not all done by the same hand and some should have found other jobs other than painting. Several portraits are clearly unfinished and show signs of artistic rage.at some point during the process, usually the nose things took a turn for the worst and the painter splattered paint on the unfinished product and walked away. Unlike modern pigments that are extended to give you time enough to blend and paint theirs dried rather quickly and encaustic painting has a rather primitive feel because it’s done quickly.
Every artist has their favorite starting point and their least favored aspects if rendering the human form. In almost all cases you will see things that are featured more prominently and with more passion and others that barely make the grade. Portrait painting is not a science but a perspective, a window on a personality. You can tell well the artist absolutely has no chemistry with the sitter.
That is a large list to fulfill. Once you have a match then your sense of optimism is magnified as you identify other candidates that are related to that match in other portraits. Out of the 200 or so paintings two groups emerged that formed a cluster, the kardashian and my family. Each cluster has ten members associated with it which makes a chance matching with a random person an impossibility.
I am here to share a truth with the public, the fact that history preserved these items for my use is a bonus. The truth itself has nothing to do with the b existence of the physical validation. Should someone reading this book decide to try their hand at matching I would be a keen bystander. The truth is solidified when we are allowed to test for validation.