An eye-placement principle in 500 years of portraits

“Although the eyes are a key feature of facial portraits, compositional rules for the placement of the eyes relative to the frame seem to be lacking. Two h

“Although the eyes are a key feature of facial portraits, compositional rules for the placement of the eyes relative to the frame seem to be lacking. Two hypotheses were evaluated for a relation between eye position and the portrait frame. One was that the pair of eyes might be placed symmetrically in portraits where both eyes are visible. This center of facial symmetry is often discussed in art analysis and should be an explicit primitive in portrait composition. The alternative hypothesis of a consistent positioning of one eye relative to the center of the portrait is not mentioned in art texts.”


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Date:
November 24, 2016
Author:
XPLANE