Monthly Archives: August 2013

How the hell do you compose a face?

How the hell do you compose a face?

In an earlier blogpost I talked about Titian’s great skills of composition. Here I want to show that even when he paints a face he is composing, trying like crazy to create a feeling of rightness, of harmony.    Most people would say a portrait is good if it looks like the person, and the closer it […]

Jan Van Eyck

Jan Van Eyck

Flicking through a book I came across the sublime Madonna of Chancellor Rolin by Van Eyck, with that amazing depiction of Rolin, perhaps the earliest entirely convincing painted portrait, and immediately thought paper, rock, scissors. Not the most profound thought I’ve ever had. A little research seemed to suggest that this is the clearest example, amongst famous paintings, of Christ’s “peace” sign […]

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

For those unfamiliar with the concept, subliminal advertising is the insertion into a movie of a single frame of some product. A single frame, out of the 24 frames per second a movie needs, is allegedly long enough for the subconscious to pick up, but too short for the viewer to be aware of it. […]