Botticelli to Van Gogh

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A painting of aman with a sword strapped to his hip rests his hand on a helmet supported by a broken column.

Giovanni Battista Moroni
Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1555–56

Giovanni Battista Moroni. Portrait of a Gentleman. c. 1555–56. © The National Gallery, London


Look at how this man has been pictured and note the objects in the painting. Describe what sort of person you think he was.

Think about how the stance, props, colours and contrasts create a mood that evokes the man’s personality.

Create a self-portrait that is contemplative and intense with strong contrasts. Try using charcoal to put down a heavy dark ground across the page and then rub out the light areas using an eraser to create your image.

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