Portraits

Booksreview

Van Dyck's greatest portraits as an opera in four acts

This elegant and suggestively written monograph is the fruit of 70 years’ reflections on the Flemish artist’s portraiture

Van Gogh’s self-portraits: what do they really reveal?

An exhibition at London’s Courtauld Gallery will be the most comprehensive ever held of Vincent's paintings of himself

a blog by Martin Bailey
Booksreview

Divine People: first biography of Ambrose McEvoy reveals how portrait artist became a darling of London and New York society a century ago

The typescript of Eric Chilston's book, based on primary sources and eye-witness accounts, was rediscovered in 2018 after being thought lost for nearly 40 years

Shipwrecked, disinherited, imprisoned, accused of being a Gunpowder Plotter: Tudor adventurer’s portrait hits the block

Portrait thought to be of Thomas Arundell is to be auctioned at Woolley & Wallis this week

National Trust for Historic Preservation supports removal of Confederate statues that glorify white power

Trust says such monuments “do not reflect, and are in fact abhorrent to, our values”

San Diego artist wins top prize in US portrait competition with immigration-themed animation

Washington's National Portrait Gallery will display finalists’ work in a contest that helped to vault the reputation of Amy Sherald

In Pictures: Helene Schjerfbeck’s self-portraits and the evolution of her singular style

The Royal Academy of Arts' assistant curator Rebecca Bray talks us through five of the Finnish artist’s key works

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

Paintinginterview

Liu Xiaodong: an interview with China’s great documentary painter

The artist on portraying ordinary people and travelling the world with a “local spirit”

Long-neglected portraits by Cézanne arrive in the d'Orsay

This will be the first exhibition dedicated to the great master's portraits since 1910

The deeply educated John Singer Sargent

The painter’s portraits of his diverse circle of polymathic friends

Collectorsarchive

Collector Robbie Antonio sits for 12 portraits (so far)

Kenny Scharf, Marilyn Minter, David LaChapelle and Julian Opie have all painted Antonio, and Takashi Murakami is in his sights

Books: Isabella d’Este's hunt for a Leonardo painting

Isabella d’Este was not satisfied with an objet d’art and a drawing; she was determined to have Leonardo da Vinci paint her portrait

Who’s in the picture? Anti-terror software might tell us

Face recognition software used to spot terrorists may be the answer to identifying unknown sitters in portraits.

New insights into Leonardo's only portrait of a male sitter

The music depicted in Portrait of a Musician, 1485-88, currently on loan to the National Gallery, London, may have been composed by the artist

Tatearchive

Tate's Van Dyck show on rocky ground as insurance obstacle may detain several works

Five iconic portraits may not be loaned to the exhibition due to legal anomaly

Portrait of Bacon’s lover to be auctioned

Isabel Rawsthorne diptych on the block at Sotheby's

Two Bacons may share more than an interest in portraiture

See for yourself as Sir Nathaniel Bacon and Francis Bacon go on show in London

Tatearchive

Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai to remain in the UK, but in private hands

The painting which was bought at Sotheby's was banned from leaving the country - now what?

Thomas Ruff retrospective begins a three-year tour

The German photographer compares his serial working method to “a scientist carrying out a series of experiments”

Freud ramps up efforts to find Bacon portrait stolen in Berlin

A poster campaign has been launched to recover the work which disappeared from the Neue Nationalgalerie

Rembrandtarchive

The National Gallery of Scotland explores Rembrandt’s real women

The exhibition on the Dutch master's female subjects will then travel to the Royal Academy

Sargent at the Tate Gallery: Beyond portraits of ladies

The most comprehensive exhibition of Sargent ever mounted shows his bravura painting at its best, and is full of surprises

Interviewarchive

The long and fruitful relationship between Picasso and portraiture: Interview with curator William Rubin

The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and leading Picasso scholar in American museums discusses the exhibition he has curated opening this month

Kitajarchive

Kitaj retrospective finds sanctuary in the US after cyclone of abuse at Tate

University College, Oxford, has commissioned R.B. Kitaj to paint a portrait of President Clinton (a former Rhodes Scholar) for the school’s Great Hall, but the honour hardly compensates for the American expatriate's treatment at Tate

National Gallery: new loans, new acquisitions

The Buccleuch Leonardo, the Halifax Titian plus two fine Danish purchases