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Old 10-11-2005, 08:03 AM
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Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newest commission, a portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

The portrait has been painted by the Sydney-based artist Jiawei Shen. The Princess sat for Mr Shen in March this year during her visit to Australia. The full-length portrait depicts the Princess in a long blue dress with pale blue sash and Order of the Elephant. The background includes references to the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen and to Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, which could be seen from the window of the Sydney hotel in which the portrait sitting took place.

The commission is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s on-going program of portrait commissions. It has been made possible by the generosity of one of the Gallery’s benefactors Mrs Mary Isabel Murphy.
"We are thrilled to have the portrait of Princess Mary in our permanent collection; a portrait that so gracefully fuses Danish and Australian cultural iconography" Andrew Sayers Director, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

After its unveiling the portrait will remain on display at the National Portrait Gallery. In April 2006 it will be part of an exhibition of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra to be shown at the Danish Museum of National History in Frederiksborg in Denmark.

http://www.portrait.gov.au/content/menu.htm

Credit onlylucky at CPMEMB for the above photo, information and the link
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:42 AM
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It's a beautiful portrait! I can see it becoming a national treasure - just like Mary herself!
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Does anyone know when Mary posed for this portrait?
Hello Alexandria,

Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess sat/stood for the portrait in the Crown Princely apartment at the Sangri La hotel in Sydney on the first leg of their first Australian Tour.

The artist, Mr Jiawei Shen also took photographs of the Crown Princess after the official three hour session, so that he would still have something to go by and instruct him during the portraits development.

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Old 10-11-2005, 09:22 AM
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Beautiful portrait. Crown Princess Mary looks wonderful and regal.
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:43 AM
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It's a beautiful portrait! I can see it becoming a national treasure - just like Mary herself!
My thoughts exactly. It is indeed a beautiful portrait of Mary.
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:56 AM
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honestly, the portrait is ok.it looks like her. but I think it looks like it could have been made by a highschool student.

its not great art in any sense.
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Awww. I just love Royal Portraits. I think she should have been wearing a tiara but apart from that - I've got no criticism. It could be worse - Rolf Harris could have taken a break from painting QE2 and moved on to paint Mary instead! What a mess that would have been!
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:14 PM
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honestly, the portrait is ok.it looks like her. but I think it looks like it could have been made by a highschool student.

its not great art in any sense.
With due respect pollyemma,

Can I assume from your post that you are infact in a position to state whether or not it is great art? (I am not wishing to question your personal opinion).


And I have to say that I was a little ataken back by the fact you said it looks like it has been painted by a highschool student. Its artist, Mr Jiawei Shen was an official & most destinguished portrait painter for the Chinese Communist Government before migrating to Australia. This indavidual is a most brilliant & skilled painter who has been officially recognised for his works, and to retort that it looks like it were produced by a highschool student, is most definitly an insult to Mr Shen.

Beatrixfan,

At first (before the portrait was unveiled) I too thought that a parure would have been wonderful. But after seeing the finished product I must say that its better without one. The gown (personally, not one of my favourites) is quite busy around the midriff and with the most Noble Order of the Elephant sash, star and family order I (personally) feel that any jewels (apart from Her Royal Highness' earings & blue topaz ring) would have over exagerated the piece greatly.

I do however think that the portrait that is either being or has been commissioned in Denmark, shall most probably have the Queen Desiree parure or Wedding tiara. It would be amazing if the Crown Princess was painted in her blood red, off the shoulder evening gown from the Canberra Sate dinner with the Desiree parure.

That combination would be awe inspiring.

Kind regards to you both,

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I agree Margrethe II. The red would have been wonderful but the official portrait photograph of the Princess shoes her pictured in the red so maybe they avoided a painted reproduction of a photograph?

I like the blue and I can see that with a tiara etc it could look quite busy. I think it's wonderful and she looks every inch the Crown Princess and future Queen.
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With due respect pollyemma,

Can I assume from your post that you are infact in a position to state whether or not it is great art? (I am not wishing to question your personal opinion).


And I have to say that I was a little ataken back by the fact you said it looks like it has been painted by a highschool student. Its artist, Mr Jiawei Shen was an official & most destinguished portrait painter for the Chinese Communist Government before migrating to Australia. This indavidual is a most brilliant & skilled painter who has been officially recognised for his works, and to retort that it looks like it were produced by a highschool student, is most definitly an insult to Mr Shen.

i agree it is an insult. I intended my comment be interpreted as such.

I'm you can agree with me that there are many artists (painters/sculptors/actors/singers) who are seriously overrated. In my opinion, mr. Shen is one of them.

I do acknowledge that the picture is a life like depiction of mary which is great.

but if you compare this painting to the works of Nelson Shanks (to name just one currently living portrait painter and not going into the legions of excellent deceased ones) it is a pedestrian effort.
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I'm sorry you feel this way.

He may not be at a standard of the worlds great court artists who have since past (I doubt we shall ever see them again in our life times), but to deliberately degrade someone because you can, inseatd of putting forward your thoughts in a constructive manner does in actual fact speak volumes of you as a person.

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i agree it is an insult. I intended my comment be interpreted as such.

I'm you can agree with me that there are many artists (painters/sculptors/actors/singers) who are seriously overrated. In my opinion, mr. Shen is one of them.

I do acknowledge that the picture is a life like depiction of mary which is great.

but if you compare this painting to the works of Nelson Shanks (to name just one currently living portrait painter and not going into the legions of excellent deceased ones) it is a pedestrian effort.
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I wish John Singer Sargent was alive to paint Mary and other contemporary royals. Now HE was a portrait artist!

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Old 10-12-2005, 11:02 PM
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Mary is a beautiful woman, portrait or no portrait. Obviously we all have different tastes in art. But that is what is so wonderful, the ablilty for each one of us to interpret how we view it.

It is a very clean look with no fuss as past generations of royal portraits have been done in many royal families.

It has a modern approach, and while it captures her beauty effortlessly, it really did not take my breath away or make my jaw drop.
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Hey BeatrixFan,

Hope you are well.

If I am correct, the Crown Princess wore the blue to signify her ties with Australia, and what better way to do it than to be painted in the prominent colour of the Australian flag & have the Sydney Oprah House in the background (also a show of Danish/Australian ties). This is why I hope the Crown Princess wears the Canberra State dinner gown for the Danish portrait with Queen Desiree parure (And of course, red being the only colour in the Danish flag).

Personally, two other gowns I would very much like to see Her Royal Highness painted in are the Chocolate Lovers Ball gown (with bridal earings and wedding tiara) and the Hobart State dinner two piece ensemble.

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I thought people would understand the "intended as an insult" line was facetious. I was just having some fun. Trying to use rhetorical flourish. Maybe I need to start adding more smileys or add a disclaimer that I don't mean anything to be rude like the one Carlota has.

It just occurred to me that the new painting of Mary looks exactly like the efforts of some of my friends who are young and have had very little artistic training. The painting is fine. But I don’t think it deserves the superlatives being heaped on it.

Perhaps I should have just written those words. I guess I have a tendency to exaggerate. Dorothea in "Middlemarch" once says “I have a hyperbolic tongue. It catches fire as it goes." Unfortunately, the same is often true of me.

If because of some obviously hyperbolic comments posted on this board, you've decided I’m a bad person...I think you need to put down you mouse and back away from your computer.
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He may not be at a standard of the worlds great court artists who have since past (I doubt we shall ever see them again in our life times), but to deliberately degrade someone because you can, inseatd of putting forward your thoughts in a constructive manner does in actual fact speak volumes of you as a person."MII"
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what seems like a great work of art may seem not to be so to others. But i wouldnt go as far as saying its like a kindegartens work, give Mr Shen abit more credibility than that.

I personally love the painting.
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Agreed wholeheartedly. Mr Shen 's oil painting Mary MacKillop of Australia, 1994 won Mary MacKillop Art Award. He was invited to meet the Pope the day after the award ceremony. Pope John Paul II talked with Shen and gave him a medal on January 19, 1995.
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I guess I have a tendency to exaggerate. Dorothea in "Middlemarch" once says “I have a hyperbolic tongue. It catches fire as it goes." Unfortunately, the same is often true of me. .
I think it is often true of all of us, Pollyemma. Probably we should all wear Scotch Guard Flame Retardant when posting on royal message boards these days.

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Aussie Princess,

As a fellow Melbournian (I take it you are from Melbourne also), I have not heard when or if the painting shall be coming to Melbourne. As far as I knew it was staying in Canberra until it is due to be taken to Copenhagen next year.

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Thank you for that. I hope they do decide to bring it to Melbourne though. I thught I remember hearing somewhere it was going to stay in Australia? Mary is pretty popular so I thought they would have displayed it. A lot of Australians will want to see it!:)
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I thought people would understand the "intended as an insult" line was facetious. I was just having some fun. Trying to use rhetorical flourish. Maybe I need to start adding more smileys or add a disclaimer that I don't mean anything to be rude like the one Carlota has. ....
Thankyou pollyemma for clarrifying what you meant :) Now that I am better informed of what you were infact trying to convey, I dont think you are a bad person at all (I didnt think you were a bad person before either, just somewhat negative). To show this I shall delete my post in a sign of solidarity amongst fellow posters if you would like? Maybe working on word use and how you project (or in this case type) what your trying to put across would be something worth considering for future participation.

No harsh feelings from this end,

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Thank you for that. I hope they do decide to bring it to Melbourne though. I thught I remember hearing somewhere it was going to stay in Australia? Mary is pretty popular so I thought they would have displayed it. A lot of Australians will want to see it!:)
Hey Aussie Princess,

You are correct. After it does the rounds in Denmark next year, it shall be brought back to Australia where it shall hold up permanent residency in Canberra.

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