I recently visited the Museum of  Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to see an exhibit on the work of Alphonse Mucha. While I was there, I was surprised to see that running concurrently is an exhibit on classical American, British and Dutch Portraiture called ‘Face to Face‘.

As I was looking through the art, I was struck by just how soft some of the edges on the facial features were. The added softness really helps emphasize the overall shape of the face, whereas over-emphasized features tend to flatten the appearance of the underlying form.

I took a few snapshots to help remind myself of this, and thought I would share them here for you.