Art and Artifice
Archive 36 - Fall 2021
Prince Philip final portrait
THIS IS NOT THE PAINTING, JUST A REPRESENTATION (we don't have the rights to show the original), PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE ARTICLE TO SEE IMAGES OF THE ACTUAL ARTWORK
The painting is both a portrait and a documentary on Prince Philip, and the setting makes it seem somewhat ethereal, as if he is standing amid a hall of ghosts from the past.
"On first look, the portrait by Australian-British royal painter Ralph Heimans simply depicts the late Duke of Edinburgh in formal attire standing in a long corridor at Windsor Castle. The duke looks regal yet slightly hunched in posture, surrounded by fine art and busts.
Upon closer inspection, however, the portrait is saturated with hidden references to Philip's family, history, and heritage, and subtle threads that form the fabric of the duke's unique life. According to Heimans, who previously painted Prince Charles and the Queen, these details were intentional - the result of a collaborative effort between himself and Philip."
Article on the painting at MSN News
Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages
Original Page June 29, 2021