Everyone has one, so everyone is interested, to a lesser or greater degree. I’m referring to the face. Artists have been depicting faces for millennia, sometimes flatteringly and sometimes frankly, but always with the understanding that every viewer has a direct connection with the subject—and also a way of assessing the rendition’s accuracy.
Just as important is the way we “read” facial expressions: there are happy and sad, for example, but also every possible emotion and mood between. Capturing each is no easy task, so we instinctively admire those artists who get it right.
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