Warts and all      Cromwell is said to have told his portrait painters that they must be exact in picturing him ‘warts and all’. After viewing the many pretty portraits of Andrew Fuller painted by Michael Haykin over the last decades, I have realised that the artist has not followed Cromwell’s advice and the ‘warts and all’ have been painted over in meticulous iconolatry, making a fictive Fatima or Mary out of Fuller. This artistic repainting is Haykin’s way of spending his time and there is no harm in that but for the fact that Haykin demands academic status for his portrayals and will have us believe they are the real thing. This reminds me of the Ugaritic portraits of the Old Testament heroes as gods whereas… Full Article

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