What makes a bad portrait?
Is it a matter of style, appearance, function, a poor likeness, or something more profound?
These coins were produced a few months ago, independently commemorating the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Personally, I don’t think either one really hits the mark. Perhaps the crucial error is the transformation of a photographic portrait to a coin, without allowing for the subtleties of composition and font seen in, for example, Stuart Devlin’s animal motifs.
Oh, and the teeth. Lots of individually demarcated teeth. You don’t often see that in formal portraiture, and there’s a reason for it.
There are many excellent portraits resulting from that royal wedding, but I don’t think these coins are among them. What do you think?
Could you share a bad portrait with us? Post a link or insert the image in your comment – I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you can find!
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