Renaissance portraiture and fashioning the self

Portraiture was one of the main ways in which elite, noble, and royal individuals crafted their identities. Portraits in paint, stone, metal (or more!) were used as a way to present the self, fashioned to communicate ideas about power, gender, social status, family lineage, and more. These 20 works of art introduce you to variety of these issues, and give you a brief overview of the important role that portraiture played across the European continent.