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The Beauty section in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery usually discusses 1 painting in depth. In this article I will diverge from this format to explain how artists of today, including myself, look to the great masters in the history of art for inspiration and direction. Historical portraits fascinate and intrigue us because they provide a window to look at characters of their era. As the historian, Leon Battista Alberti, said in 1435: “painting possesses a truly divine power in that not only does it make the absent present...but it also represents the dead to the living centuries later.”1(p64)
Dunlop GM. Bronzino and the Evolution of a Portrait, Barbara Williams, by Gillian M. Dunlop. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(4):237–239. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.49
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