Though I have somewhat simplified a very complex subject and exceptions do exist in more ancient cultures,, namely the Etruscans and the Egyptians, actual idiosyncratic depictions of figures didn’t arise with any great movement until the Renaissance. I can name many artists that I admire here namely, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Poussin. But the count of the great masters is legion.
Until the advent of photography, increasingly realistic representations of the human figure, as an individual, became popular. Kings, popes, nobles and the wealthy who wanted their person to remembered after their deaths would commission portraits from the great masters of their time. Once photography was established as an art form many artists moved towards new ways of depicting the portrait. The impressionists, post impressionists and avant-garde movements blazed new trails in art and I believe we are all richer for it. I have provided a sample above of the work that I have completed and in various styles. I hope you enjoy my work.