• European Portraits

    in the MNAA Drawings Collection

The growing popularity of portraits among European elites, and the consequent increase in the number of orders, encouraged many artists to take up the practice in various formats: miniature, painting and engraving and to make use of new mechanical devices, such as the Physionotrace system invented by Gilles-Louis Chrétien in 1783-84, that enabled faster production. This exhibition allows us to follow some of the main routes of the renewal of the portrait over the course of a century, between 1750 and 1850.

Alexandra Gomes Markl

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