Portraits and self portraits

Take a moment to stop and look for your real self. Let’s go to some art galleries to take a good look at portraits and self portraits. What are they telling us? Why are the people painted in that position? What do the objects around them mean? Have you ever wondered about the gestures of the people depicted? Hands talk: special nuances are conveyed by painting them under the chin, resting on a knee, or pointing. Folded hands, crossed legs or feet have a particular symbolic meaning: nothing is left to chance. The portrait is one of the most fascinating genres in art history, because it represents the bond between emotion and facial expression. The background, the landscapes and the setting all refer back to the person being portrayed. How would you like to be portrayed? What objects represent your character or your interests? Follow us as we tour Italy’s museums on a journey to discover the very human subjects that will reveal some of your own traits. From the Pinacoteca di Brera (the Brera Art Gallery) in Milan, to the collection of self portraits in the Vasari Corridor (being prepared in the Uffizi Gallery) in Florence, to the Correr Museum or the museum of the Fondazione Querini-Stampalia in Venice. And on to the Civic Museum of the Hermits in Padua, the art gallery of Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza and finally the Colonna or Doria Pamphilj Galleries in Rome.
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