Deconstructed Dutch Portraiture

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In American artist Michael Mapes riveting new work, he painstakingly assembles facsimiles of portraits painted by Dutch masters including Rembrandt and Nicolaes Eliaz Pickenoy. Hundreds of specimens – photos, hair, insect pins, gelatin capsules, glass vials, magnifying glasses, and sequins are meticulously arranged by shape and shade to create images that at a distance possesses uncanny likeness to the 350 year-old originals. The fanciful assemblages are evidence that artistic interpretation knows no bounds. Three of the pieces will be shown at Yellowstone Art Museum’s ‘Face to Face’ exhibit debuting March 2014.

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