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Old 01-11-2013, 04:08 PM
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James Whatling is reporting that the palace is calling this appearance a "private" visit
James Whatling ‏@JWhatling @APP_Editor No joy i'm afraid Patricia. You'd never have guessed but apparently this was a "private" visit. Happy new year by the way!
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:11 PM
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I really did liked the portrait of Catherine ,,, I see this artist is great ,, right that the portrait does not look exactly like Catherine ,, and she looks bit older than her age in this portrait ,, but I see it an amazing one ,,, when I focused into it ,, I found it really great ,,, her eyes looks like real !!!! .
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:13 PM
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I suspect she's being diplomatic and gracious, because really, this one needs to go into a closet at the National Gallery and never be seen again. It reminds of me those age-progressed photographs of people who have been missing a long time. And I doubt she asked the artist to show her how she'd look 20 years in the future.
Have you been to the NPG? If you think this belongs in the closet, then I advise you never to make a visit to the NPG while in London, you may die of shock.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:22 PM
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Yeah, they haven't so far done any public engagements. I'm guessing those are now scheduled.

I hope everyone noticed that Catherine wore the Saudi Sapphire Earrings for her official portrait. I think she really like the Saudian Arabian Jewels that's been passed down to her.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:33 PM
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I think the Duchess is a good sport, I wouldn't accept the painting.

In my opinion:

There is too much space between eyebrows and that make her face look wrong.

The under eye wrinkles make Catherine look like she is about 40 years of age.

I would like more twinkle in her eyes to go with her smile.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:39 PM
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Are there any royal portraits that have been universally loved, (or even well thought of by a solid majority of the public)? It seems like every time a new portrait is unveiled a bunch of people hate it. It's interesting to me because, as someone who knows pretty much nothing about art, my instinct would be that portraiture would be one of the easier painting forms to get right, so to speak.
I think there is one - William and Harry. It is outstanding - and IMO what makes it special is the senseof their relationship. In case you've forgotten

Historic dual portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry unveiled at National Portrait Gallery | Mail Online

Re sittings - the wonderful painting of the Queen for her Jubilee - where she is standing alone in Westminster Abbey - the artist had 1 hour sitting!

And finally, off topic, I need new glasses. I looked quickly at the list of threads and thought it said "Princess Anne expecting third child" - I'm now over the shock and relaise its Princess Aimee.
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Obviously an art critic will view the painting differently than Catherines fan base will view it. For some fans anything even remotely associated with her becomes perfect, untouchable, without par, absolutely wonderful in every way and beyond criticism. An art critics job is in fact to critique and criticize the painting as a painting, which is not a criticism of the subject of the painting itself, merely an opinion on its artistic success.
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The more I think about it, this portrait does show a THINKING Kate. A thoughtful Kate. A Kate who may actually be 40 years of age in her mental experience. Not just a model.
I think Kate will be more interesting when she gets old enough to cut her hair or pull it back, as the hair dominates the picture. In the middle of all that hair is a Kate who is thinking ahead of her age, perhaps?
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:48 PM
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I think it is a wonderful work of art... I hope she does a formal one soon ...with a tiara... I know not likely..but I can hope.
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Obviously an art critic will view the painting differently than Catherines fan base will view it. For some fans anything even remotely associated with her becomes perfect, untouchable, without par, absolutely wonderful in every way and beyond criticism. An art critics job is in fact to critique and criticize the painting as a painting, which is not a criticism of the subject of the painting itself, merely an opinion on its artistic success.
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Mark Stewart ‏@RegalEyes @britishroyals Thank you. It was good to see the Duchess back out and about though we're told this will be the last time for a while.
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Oh, I just knew this would become interesting......
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And finally, off topic, I need new glasses. I looked quickly at the list of threads and thought it said "Princess Anne expecting third child" - I'm now over the shock and relaise its Princess Aimee.
I did the exact same thing! you made me feel so glad that I wasnt the only one. my eyes were tired from being on the computer.
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A HQ pic of the portrait: http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...26-dikkene.jpg

Other pics: http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...0-djekekkw.jpg

http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...75-britain.jpg

http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...83-britain.jpg

http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...-dkdnene13.jpg
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Mark Stewart ‏@RegalEyes @britishroyals Thank you. It was good to see the Duchess back out and about though we're told this will be the last time for a while.
I think they are off to Anglesey so that William can get his flying hours in. I think that even if he leaves the RAF he will continue to fly as his father and grandfather did.
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I think the portrait looks more attractive when you stand back and look at it with a little distance and the frame.

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Yes, the painting looks a lot better in this image, however, I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Like many here, I think it makes her look older and worn out. I'm also trying to figure out why he changed the color of her eyes. I think her natural color is quite pretty.
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I think the artist did a great job in copying the non-photoshoped photo he was given.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:38 PM
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I think the artist did a great job in copying the non-photoshoped photo he was given.
I think you will find that he took the photographs - he says in one of the interviews. You really must check your facts.

EDIT: The video with the information is in post #976
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the way the eyes are done in the portrait bothers me the most. I can't say what it really is with the eyes somehow they do not seem right. As if she is cross-eyed.
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Are there any royal portraits that have been universally loved, (or even well thought of by a solid majority of the public)? It seems like every time a new portrait is unveiled a bunch of people hate it. It's interesting to me because, as someone who knows pretty much nothing about art, my instinct would be that portraiture would be one of the easier painting forms to get right, so to speak.
Probably the most admired portrait of the Queen is this one by Pietro Annigoni. It made his career and he went on to paint US presidents, Popes and several other members of the BRF. Ironically, the art critics of the day were not impressed with it, but it was so popular among the public that they came in their hundreds of thousands to see it, and reproductions were made and sold all over the Empire. Annigoni had 15 sittings with the Queen for this portrait, each lasting over 1 hr. The fact that Kate only sat for Emsley twice is all the more surprising in comparison.

More recently, this portrait of HM by Chris Levine has been received very positively also. There's just something very affecting about it. Oh, and this Jubilee portrait by Ralph Heimans was very warmly received.
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