|Henry Fitzroy, Lucas Horenbout 1534.|
|Elizabeth I by Levina Teerlinc 1565.|
|Francis Charles Black, Charles Fraser 1832.|
In my opinion, the time spent with a sitter infused the handpainted portrait with more life... personality. It was this glint of emotion which contributed to the appeal of the miniature, which was small enough to tuck into a breast pocket, slide into a locket suspended by ribbon, send to a loved one far away, or pack for a voyage.
My hand opens - for in the palm, may I peer into your soul.