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Q: Emotive portraits ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Emotive portraits
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: blackroseart-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 Apr 2006 23:30 PDT
Expires: 25 Apr 2006 11:10 PDT
Question ID: 719677
I am researching emotive portraits for an art project I am working on.
I haven't been able to find a lot of information. The major emotions
are: happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, fear, and frustration. I
would like to know how these emotions developed in history through
different artists. what techniques did the use to make those emotions
appear stronger and more realistic? I would also like to know how
these different emotions are portrayed in different cultures: if they
are understood differently in different places. I know this is a
pretty complex question, so an answer to any or all parts of the
question would be great. thank you.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Emotive portraits
From: redfoxjumps-ga on 17 Apr 2006 00:23 PDT
Colors - blue mood  , red with anger

Exaggeration - as in "The Scream"

Look at your own face in a mirror.

So many of the old masters are dark and muddled from age.  Cleaning
wold reveal a different emotion.

How you happen to be feeling the day you visit the gallery.

You have a lot to explore. Good Luck.
Subject: Re: Emotive portraits
From: geof-ga on 17 Apr 2006 01:47 PDT
You've certainly bitten off a lot - hopefully not too much - to chew.
One artist you might wish to focus on is Rembrandt, who is generally
recognised as a master at expressing human emotions in both his
paintings and etchings. In some of his earlier etchings he used
himself as a model, looking at his own face in a mirror, as he changed
his facial expressions. There's quite a lot of material on the web
about Rembrandt's handling of human emotions, including the following
3 websites:
Subject: Re: Emotive portraits
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Apr 2006 04:20 PDT
Yes indeed, a very broad subject.  
This site may be of interest:

I found it, looking for the source of the four emoting busts pictured.
 They are part of a collection in a museum, I believe, in France. 
Couldn't find it.
But one artist's representation is only a snapshot, and you want the whole movie.

This could also be interesting:

One type of source for representations of different emotions in
Western art is religious works relating to Christ's Passion: carvings,
paintings and frescos showing several/many persons with differing
emotional responses.  Also pictures of The Last Judgement include
persons showing varied emotions: the damned and the saved.  Sites such
as these discuss:

Rodin's "The Burghers of Calais" is another snapshot.

Just a bit of a start.  Good luck!

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