Alex Root- Renaissance Gallery

Eyes that follow you in chronological order.

a. The clothing tells us that the subject may be wealthy because he is wearing red. b. In the background, it looks like there are trees and mountains. The subject may want to show that he is one with nature. c. The artist may want the viewer to think that the subject is wealthy and honorable. This is because the subject is wearing red and is the only person in the portrait. d. This person's name is Reginald, and he is a wealthy merchant. Reginald is pretentious, because he is looking down on you with his following eyes. He likes his job, because that's where his money comes from. He cares about his money.
a. The subject's clothing is red, which suggests he may be wealthy. This also means he is a cardinal, as stated in the title of the portrait. b. In the background, there appears to be countryside, which may suggest calm. The colors are mostly cool colors. This likely also suggests that the subject is a calm person living in a calm environment. This is an important part of the painting. c. The artist wants the viewer to see the subject as cool, calm, and collected. The subject appears to be half-smiling, which may suggest sprezzatura, which is being cool in Renaissance Italy. Also, the color scheme and background suggest calm. d. This person's name is Edmund, and he is a wealthy and highly regarded cardinal. Edmund is a pretty cool guy. He likes his religion, as he is a cardinal, an important religious figure, and he cares about his job, because he gets to serve his god.
a. The subject's clothing tells us that he is likely poor, as his clothes aren't vibrant in color, and there are no great decorative features. b. There is no background, which tells us that the artist wanted the focus to be entirely on the subject. c. The artist brought attention to the flowers the subject is holding with the title. The artist also showed that the man was poor. This may mean that the artist wants the viewer to pity the kind and well-meaning poor man. d. The subject's name is Richard. He is a poor man, possibly a farmer. He is a very kind man, despite what some may think because of his social class. He likes to make people happy and he cares about others.
a. The clothing of the subject shows that the subject is either wealthy or attempting to appear wealthy. This may also mean he values wealth and social status. b. In the background, there are papers hung in a manner that does not appear to be very organized. This choice may have been made to make the subject look busier or more important. The colors are neutral, which may suggest that he does not feel strong emotion. c. The artist wants the viewer to see the subject as important and intelligent. The artist made him appear to be challenging you with his eyes and face that follow you as you move. As he is working in the portrait, it appears as if he has better things to do than be observed by you. d. The subject's name is William. He is a middle-class merchant, and he tries to appear as if he is wealthier than he is. He cares about his job because he likes to work hard.
a. The clothing shows that the subject is likely wealthy. There are many fancy features that may indicate that she is wealthy. b. In the background, there is nothing except for a blue wall. This color may suggest calm. c. The artist may want the viewer to see the subject as wealthy and important, as the paper she is holding has an intricate illustration on it. Her skin is also very pale, which is a feature that many of the wealthy Renaissance women. d. Her name is Jane, and she is a wealthy property manager. She is "cool" in the sense that she does not appear to care about things. Jane likes her illustration that she is holding, and she cares about her status.
a. The subject's clothing displays that he is extravagantly wealthy. He cares a lot about his appearance. b. There is no background other than a blue wall, which means that the artist is trying to draw attention to the subject. c. The artist wants the viewer to see the subject as rich above all else. This is because his fancy is the most accentuated part of the portrait. d. This person's name is Henry and he is a king. He is very temperamental. He likes to eat and he cares about his wealth.
a. The clothing suggests that the subject is very wealthy. The clothing is also neutral, and this may symbolize that she is a neutral person. b. In the background, there is a blue wall, which may represent calm. It also means that the artist wants the viewer to focus on the subject. c. The artist wants the viewer to think that the subject is majestic, as her posture may indicate high status and great sophistication. Also, she is with her son, so she may want to also appear maternal. d. The subject's name is Margaret, and she is a wealthy merchant. She appears caring for her son, but also professional in her occupation. She likes her job and cares about her son.
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