allegorical-portrait

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The Haunting Illustrations of

Georgia Theologou

Theologou’s internalized subjects are taken from many sources of art research and random bits of internet ephemera, and blended with other imagery that gives each portrait an allegorical depth and visual tension. Noting themes of nature ranging from human and animal, the stars and the cosmos in many of her colorful works. Txt Via

She is also known as Georgia Th on DeviantArt

Many thanks to Turecepcja :)

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François de Troy (1645-1730):

The Feast of Dido and Aeneas: An Allegorical Portrait of the Family of the Duc and Duchesse du Maine. c. 1704. (with details)

My next combination kind of reminds me of this unusual allogorical portrait of Sir John Luttrell of 1550 by Hans Eworth.

In this painting the proportions of the figures are radically different which gives it the feeling of a collage. The group of figures in the top left hand corner also seem to be in a different layer - this is because they are meant to be illustrating a vision.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ’The Sacred Grove’, 1884

Toulouse-Lautrec created this work while studying under the painter Fernand Cormon. The painting parodies Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’s “The Sacred Grove Cherised by the Arts and Muses,” which was awarded the grand prize at the 1884 Paris Salon.

Lautrec effectively mimics the style and subject matter of the original but makes significant alterations. Notice the clock on the antique portico and the kneeling adolescent in the corner, eating a loaf of bread. The most irreverent anachronism, however, is the group of men disruptively parading into Puvis’s harmonious forest. They include fellow artists, acquaintances, and Lautrec himself, who stands with his back to the viewer - urinating on the ground. (via pearlmancollection)

Felix Gonzales-Torres - “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)

An allegorical portrait of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991.

It is comprised of 175 pounds of candy, corresponding to Ross’s ideal body weight. Viewers are encouraged to take a piece of candy, and the diminishing amount parallels Ross’s death.

Gonzalez-Torres stipulated that the pile be continuously replenished, granting perpetual life.