Lunchtime Lecture: What Makes a Successful Portrait?

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5 June 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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Edwin Smith, by Olive Muriel Cook, circa 1954 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edwin Smith
by Olive Muriel Cook
circa 1954
NPG 6657

Artist Liz Rideal introduces the problems of portraiture. How can you tell if a portrait is a good one?  Is a photographic portrait better than a painted one? How do public and private images differ? What criteria do we use when making these judgements?

Liz Rideal works in print, paint, bronze and film. Reader in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and lecturer and resource writer at the National Portrait Gallery, her book How to Read Painting will be co-published by Bloomsbury/Rizzoli this autumn. Rideal was Rome Wingate Scholar at the British School at Rome, 2008/9. Glass Drapes at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre gained a special mention by RIBA in 2002.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Doors open at 12.30pm