An exhibition exploring the many faces of portraiture from death masks to diaries, coins to photographs, fingerprints to DNA.
Portraits are everywhere, on the money in our wallets, the letters we write and the records we buy. They transmit the power of important people, decorate our homes and help us remember loved ones. There are more portraits taken today than in any other point in history and more ways than ever to identify an individual; our image, our words, our signature, our finger prints, our DNA.
From conventional examples such as paintings, photographs and busts; to diaries, death masks and finger prints, explore Saffron Walden Museum’s varied collections and discover how portraits have been used throughout the centuries, from Ancient Egypt to today. The exhibition also brings together new material as part of a project to create a portrait of Uttlesford today that reflects the diverse lives of the people that call the district home.