The portrait is good but causes mixed feelings. The artist, "NeroUrsus", explained hews aiming at contrast in the picture, and it is certainly there - the darkness of the background surronding the head allows the whiteness of the features and the cross to stand out (aided a little bit by the slight sheen of the beads holding up the cross around Joan's neck, as well as a bit of sheen on her hair. The result is to make the face a "death's head" despite having heavy eyebrows, and to give the eyes on the face an intensity which suggests it is forseeing Joan's fiery end Howevr, the picture is apparently that of actress Ingrid Bergman in the role of Joan in the 1948 film "Joan of Arc". It is barely recognizeable as Bergman, One can safely excuse this apparent misjudgment by the artist since it was not part of the artist's actual intentions due to his desire to work on the contrast. When we excuse that weakness the finished work is quite pleasing in doing what the artist tried to do regarding contrast.
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Amazing dance of light and shadow. Powerful dramatic painting.
Thanks, it was based upon a photo of Ingrid Bergman from the 1940s film but I exaggerated the contrast for the painting.
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