Portrait of the Artist

We went to see the exhibition, Portrait of the Artist, a nice, thoughtful, quite intense exhibition, which demonstrates the extraordinary wealth of the Royal Collection, not that that is needed, including astonishing seventeenth-century self-portraits – a Parmigianino drawing, a Rubens and a Rembrandt – and a wealth of material round the founding of the RA – Bartolozzi drawing Cipriani painting and Cipriani drawing Bartolozzi asleep.   It was hard to take photographs because of the reflections, so I only took one or two of eyes.

Bernini’s Self-portrait drawing, because of the intensity of his hooded eyes :-

Rubens, more wordly:-

Reynolds in specs, not long before he went blind:-

And Hockney close-up on an iPad:-

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