The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled today. The portrait was painted by Glasgow born artist Paul Emsley, who won the 2007 BP portrait prize. The portrait, called HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from today.
Word is the Duchess is thrilled with the results, however she would say that wouldn’t she?
The initial response from people online has been less kind. My Facebook followers, in a unofficial poll, have given it a pretty resounding “thumbs-down” for the lifeless eyes, the dark shadows and the smirk on her face. The most popular comment was that the portrait makes her look older than her years.
News reports say that visitors to the National Portrait Gallery today have given it mixed reviews, some calling it no better than a print portrait sold at souvenir shop.
Honestly, have any of these type of portraits been very good? And should we consider that maybe our eyes are so spoiled by heavily Photoshopped images that we have unrealistic expectations for a painted image?
What do you think of the official portrait of the Duchess?