Preference In Portrait Painting
Listen to part of a lecture in an art history class.
- What is the lecture mainly about?
- A. Techniques for creating lifelike portraits
- B. Theories about a preference in portrait painting
- C. Reasons for a decline in the popularity of portrait painting
- D. Ways researchers determine whether a painting is authentic
- According to the professor, what change occurred in portrait paintings over time?
- A. Portrait artists became more skilled at painting profiles.
- B. Portrait artists began painting a greater variety of subjects.
- C. The percentage of left profiles decreased.
- D. A left profile became a symbol of the subject’s social status.
- What point does the professor emphasize by his discussion of the lithograph The Potato Eaters?
- A. Profiles are more difficult to create than head-on portraits.
- B. Some artists consider the direction of the profile a key element in a portrait.
- C. Most group portraits include both left and right profiles.
- D. The direction of a profile is usually determined by the characteristics of the subject.
- According to the professor, what is the problem with the “right-handed” hypothesis?
- A. Left-handed artists are equally comfortable painting left and right profiles.
- B. Right hands tend to cover up facial features when painting left profiles.
- C. Statistics show that right-handed artists tend to paint right profiles.
- D. Left hands are less likely to cast shadows when painting right profiles.
- What does the professor imply about the “studio organization” hypothesis?
- A. It has been disproved by recent studies.
- B. It accounts for an important change in portrait painting.
- C. It is based on a study of a relatively small number of portraits.
- D. It was first proposed by the owner of a modern-day portrait studio.
- Why does the student say this: 🎧
- A. To explain why he prefers to paint left profiles
- B. To point out a difference between adult portraits and baby portraits
- C. To point out a fact that contradicts the “parental imprinting” hypothesis
- D. To provide support for the “parental imprinting” hypothesis
B C B A B D