The portrait will be staged in an Elizabethan period scene with costume and props. Patrick Stewart is being placed in the role of Francis Bacon, the inventor of Empiricism. This is partly an aesthetic choice, but also it relates to my research into the history of humanistic portraiture.
By executing an Elizabethan portrait scene with digital techniques I am taking the beginning and the end of the Modern period and drawing cultural parallels between them. I am also seeking to highlight the technological impact on our sense of self. In the Elizabethan era technological advances in painting techniques led to a rapid evolution of portraiture as an artform. Cultural changes from Medieval to Modern shifted the meaning and use of portraiture. I believe we are in the midst of a similar cultural shift.
The actor Patrick Stewart also Chancellor of the University, agreed to take part in to project as the subject of the portrait.