What Can You Learn From The Most Famous Portrait Paintings?

A great portrait is like a very good description of a person, so if you want to have your portrait done, you surely want your picture to be perfect. But what makes a priceless portrait? What captures our eye? These questions are hard to answer, as very small amount of portraits leave mark in the history and make an echo. Why somebody’s face is more interesting than another? Is it the expression? The look? The emotion? Here is an overview of the three most famous portrait paintings in the world so you can see what is their secret and what you can learn from them. Oh, yeah, we added some comparing copies to go along, just for fun! And if you ever want to take your portrait picture to a next level, be sure that we can make a great portrait out of it!

1. Strike a pose! LikeThe Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

 

The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

The key to a great picture is a perfect model pose! And even back in the 1665 this girl knew how to make herself look good! Very little do we know about this painting except that the girl could have been Vermeer’s daughter. So-called Mona Lisa of the North seems to grab attention despite her simple outfit and the cover on her hair (she was originally titled Girl with a Turban). So what is so appealing about her? Mainly her (sort of confused) gaze with semi-open lips over her shoulder. Now try it yourself and give the camera your best side. If you don’t know how, stand in front of the mirror and practice the pose you look good in.  You can also put on some great accessory that will reflect your beauty (pearl necklace for example).

2. Show your emotions!Similar to The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch
The Scream by Edvard Munch

You can always spot the difference between a true emotion and an artificial one. And the most famous piece of expressionism done by Edvard Munch shows the real feeling. This representation of modern art, painted around 1893, shows nothing more than a reddish sky and pure emotion. The point we want to make here is to show off how you feel no matter what. Focus on your mood in the given moment of time and let your feelings come out (whatever they are). So yes, stop worrying how other people see you! This is what makes a picture really honest and genuine!

3. Just be yourself! Like Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

 

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Almost 6 million people come to see this calm lady every year. But what is the secret of the most famous renaissance portrait in the world done back in 1503? Well, one thing’s for sure, her expression is unclear. Is she happy? Sad? Smiling? Not really smiling? The thing is, this peaceful uncertainty is completely ok as it is natural to have conflicted thoughts. So relax and be who you really are. Find time for yourself and your thoughts and practice showing more of your personality through the picture. If you can, find that perfect balance between honesty and an air of mystery in your look. That’s how Mona Lisa did it. And that’s how you’ll truly shine.