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The Portrait, 2nd Edition by Tim Meyer, Glenn Rand

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12 Posing

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By definition, posing requires directing the subject to change physical position to increase visual interest, flatter, imply emotion, or communicate intent to the viewer. This is done by rotating the subject, tilting the head, positioning the subject’s body, and employing clothing and accessories.

Throughout history, portraitists have been aware of the implications of subject positioning. The earliest portraits were more concerned with recording and expressing power and authority than portraying the personality of the subject. This was true for sculpture as well as painting.

We are indebted to the ancient Greeks ...

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