Can a Portrait Look Back?

July 29, 2014 1:36 PM

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Can a Portrait Look Back?

You are in an art museum. Suddenly you feel that someone is staring at you. You stop and turn around. There is no one in the room. But the feeling persists. You look around again and realize that an old portrait of an unknown man is staring at you. Yes - a painting is returning your gaze. You feel uncomfortable, try to change your position, but the eyes keep following you around the room. Can it be real?

The portrait genre was born out of a primal urge of conquering the biggest obstacle of life - namely death. In this monumental challenge, the artist's work is similar to a true magician or to the old practice of an alchemist. Both the alchemist and the portrait artist set out to transfer the living ...

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