Portraiture Rules, Part Two

American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, and although she was lauded as a talented starlet for her own cinematic accomplishments, her biography shares parallels with the Duchess of Cambridge’s, discussed last week. Both women sprouted up from obscure and conventional childhoods to the realm of international prestige through favourable…

Portraiture Rules, Part One

Once sheathed in flowing ermine, drizzled with consecrated oil, crowned with the circular metallic weightiness of public duty and hailed gregariously from all sides with a booming, “God save the…!” kings, queens and their kin become vested with a strain of authority and eternal celebrity exclusive to the slenderest fraction of bloodlines. The opulent ceremony…

Signs from Above

A crown is never just a crown. Its bearer, its layered symbolism and its various interpretations, all these things are an inherent part of such a regal item. Historically, crowns have played a major role in society. They are symbols of unchecked power, the expected headdresses of individuals that wield such power. Crowns speak of…