Whimsical, Surreal & Insightful: The Masked Portraits of Volker Hermes Breathe New Life into Classical Portraiture

Apart from a few iconic paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Girl with the Pearl Earring, European portraiture during the Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical periods is side-lined by narrative and genre painting whose subject matter is by nature much more compelling compared with the representation of a privileged elite – in other words, those who could actually afford to have their portrait painted. For most people, classical portraits of duchesses, marquises and other prominent people are different versions of the same parochial expression of vanity.

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