Depicting My Family’s Everyday Life In Historical Portraits

Dad

 

Photographer Paola Leonardi is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portrait photography.  From the project ‘Family Histories’.  To see Paola’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Nora

 

Vania

 

Giorgio

 

Family Histories” is a series of portraits of my family members that reflects a personal interest in Renaissance and Baroque art.

Subjects are represented using lighting techniques that recall the use of chiaroscuro in paintings, and pose holding an object: objects are often present in Renaissance and Baroque portraiture to add a metaphorical meaning.

My subjects posed with an object found in our home, linking the intimate history of a family and its day to day life to a broader concept of History and Art.

For example “Brother” is inspired by Giorgione’s melancholic “Double Portrait” which is on display at Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia in Rome; my brother had been in a fight and he had a black eye, therefore I portrayed him with an orange, that was sometimes used in paintings to represent the pain suffered by Christ.

 

Brother

 

“Grandma” is a portrait of my grandmother inspired by “Portrait of a Seated Woman with an Handkerchief” by Carel Fabritious (previously attributed to Rembrandt).

 

Grandma

 

Elena

 

Iris

 

Mirka

 

Palu

 

All images © Paola Leonardi

 

 

See also:

Flesh

By Paola Leonardi

 

 

 

 

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