fragmented portraits

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Half a head par Albert
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Museo Palatino, Roma

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.“

Usually I try to invent figures, but this time I felt like practicing a portrait. I started with basic proportions, followed by more and more details. It’s supposed to be Robin Williams (with a quote of him) although I think I didn’t get his character entirely.

Diego Velázquez

Portrait of a Lady, c. 1625

Stolen in 1989 from the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid; the art theft case remains open and unsolved.

The painting is a fragment of a larger portrait probably damaged in the fire of the Royal Alcázar of Madrid in 1734.