On April 24, 2010, the Portrait Society of America presented its Gold Medal to john
Howard Sanden. The citation reads: "In honorable recognition of his lifelong
dedication to the pursuit of excellence in his art, for his educational activities
and for his distinguished body of work which has served to foster and enhance traditional
fine art portraiture and figurative works in America."
Friday, January 28, is the date set for The Portrait Institute
Members' Lecture in New York at the Salmagundi Art Club,
47 Fifth Avenue. This year's topic is "High Style
- Five Hundred Years of the Grand Manner Society Portrait"
- a look at the grand tradition of high style portraiture,
including works by Van Dyck, Lawrence, Gainsborough, Reynolds,
Raeburn, David, Ingres, Sargent, Zorn, Boldini, Sorolla,
Serov, Orpen and others. Free to Portrait Institute members
(others are charged $20.) To request your ticket (one
to a member) click on "Ordering"
in the menu to the left, or call 203.438.0297.
Artists all across America are reading Face to Face With Greatness, published by The
Portrait institute Press. A hardcover, coffee-table size book (123/4 x 93/4"
), with 176 pages and 224 illustrations, including 129 portraits in high-resolution,
full color plates. Famed artist Richard Schmid says: "Face to Face With Greatness
is destined to be a classic because it is far more than just a chronicle of success.
The overwhelming tone of the book is one of sharing. The teacher here is everywhere.
The book tells young artists to follow their dream, work hard, learn from the best,
and doors you never knew were there will open." Click here to read more and see
images from the book.
Request your free copy of our magazine The World of Portrait Painting. The current
issue (publishing September 2009) contains articles on Sir William Orpen, brilliant
and eccentric Irish portraitist; a look at the fabulous history of America's foremost
portrait gallery, Portraits, Inc. in New York; painting equestrian portraits by L.
Steven Moppert, and a thought-provoking commentary by John Howard Sanden on "The
Question of the Smile" (why a broad smile is almost always wrong in painted portraiture).
To request your free copy, click on "Ordering."
The World of
John Howard Sanden
Richard Schmid, Nancy
Guzik, Timothy Thies
The Metropolitan Museum of
Portrait Society of America