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Atar art year 12 katie-anne potter When I observe the two images I see that both are two different interpretations of what a self-portrait should be like. Albrecht Durer, a painting from the 1500’s, is this traditional self-portrait that communicates this sense of proud and honour through his rich colours, of gold’s and yellows. Yet the painting by Stelarc, painted in contemporary times of the 20 th century, is this self-portrait that challenges the traditional idea of what portraiture should be like. His use of this 3dD installation of the face, and the way he constructs this surreal interpretation of the human face, shocks the viewer. The painting by Albrecht Durer is oil on wood painting. It is a traditional self-portrait of a figure. The top torso of a assumed male figure is placed in the centre of the page, such characteristics that allows the viewer to see this as a self portrait. Durer’s use of colour has been used to create a radiant glow on the male figure. The way highlights of this gold paint have been applied to the figures face to implied light, gives the figure the impression of importance within the painting. This is further implied through the use of the foreground being a dark solid black, which contrasts against the male figure which is bright in appearance, allowing the figure to be empathised within the image. Texture has been implied a lot throughout the painting, mainly in the use of wavy lines overlapping each other in the centre of the page, which creates the appearance of hair, being curly and bumpy. It’s also in the construction of the figures hair, that movement has been implied or suggested.

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