DocTardy Posted June 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 17, 2022 The trend seems to have continued into the Roman republic era before giving way to more realistic facial proportions by the mid-empire era. Any explanation why they portraits tend to have really pronounced eye sizes? Is it a statement about the gods abilities to see better than ordinary humans? The Greeks are famous for playing around with proportions, columns of temples were designed using forced-perspective to make the columns appear taller when a person viewed them up close. Could the oversized eyes on portraits be another such trick? Just curious if theres any accepted explanation. I didn’t really notice it until I started trying to draw a profile portrait in a similar style. None of the typical ‘artistic tricks’ worked, the eyes are typically about 15-30% larger than they should be. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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