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    Mess or Masterpiece? Portrait of Duchess Kate revealed

    http://todaynews.today.com/_news/201...-revealed?lite

    What does CA.org have to say about it?

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    I would like to see more colour, as it is very greyish overall; it might be a bad photograph. Furthermore, I don't like the massive lumps of hair on her shoulders, and her neck a little too massive for my taste. It is pretty conservative portrait, I would appreciate a little more guts with subject matter like this...

    On second thought, I noticed the video gives a more colourful rendering of the portrait, including the usual qualifications of 'it's almost like a picture' and 'a Mona Lisa smile'...
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    I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it is very competent. There are some shades of brilliance there with the subtle way the smile reaches her eyes. The only thing I don't really like is the washed-out kinda blurry thing that would have been easy to fix with glazing. I wonder if it is just a bad photo with a bit of light reflection stealing the depth and intensity of the colors.
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    Whatever. Official portraits are almost always awful by nature, it's certainly nowhere near as bad as many. I'm just so fucking sick of this vogue for oversized portraits, it's a cheap way to make an otherwise traditional painting seem "modern."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I'm just so fucking sick of this vogue for oversized portraits, it's a cheap way to make an otherwise traditional painting seem "modern."
    I'm a bit confused over what you mean by "vogue". Haven't oversized portraits always been a thing with royalty?
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    I came to this thread to either see an awful or an awesome portrait, but there's just a solid portrait :C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeptime View Post
    I'm a bit confused over what you mean by "vogue". Haven't oversized portraits always been a thing with royalty?
    I meant larger than life-sized, not just big.

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    Is it just me or does anyone else end up going to the bottom (viewer's) left of the portrait, mostly due to the treatment of her hair on that side.
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    I think it makes her look a lot heavier than she normally appears. Looks like people are having fun with it already http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n...-viral-1530177 (Sorry about linking to The Mirror)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Whatever. Official portraits are almost always awful by nature, it's certainly nowhere near as bad as many. I'm just so fucking sick of this vogue for oversized portraits, it's a cheap way to make an otherwise traditional painting seem "modern."
    I was sick of that gimmick the first time I saw it. If I was prescient I would have been sick of it even earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    I was sick of that gimmick the first time I saw it. If I was prescient I would have been sick of it even earlier.
    And if you had been pregnant, you would even have been more sick?
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    The more I look at it, the more the nose becomes blurred. Shame really, as a nose gives character to a face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque@xs4all.nl View Post
    And if you had been pregnant, you would even have been more sick?
    That's a BIG if eezacque!

    And yeah....there's something wrong about the mouth. (some will get that).
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