Jitka Hanzlová

  • 17th October 2012 − 3rd February 2013 | Scottish National Portrait Gallery | Admission Free

There is Something I Don’t Know


Historically, portraiture has claimed to reach beyond mere representation to communicate the depths of individual character. In this series Hanzlová works with reference to the Renaissance tradition of portraiture which claimed to communicate the personality traits of an individual through their particular features. The result is a special resonance that goes beyond physical resemblance.

The portraits are the product of an intimate rapport between subject and photographer. For Hanzlová, they also evoke an unwritten history of facial expression and familial connection that reaches across the centuries.


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