Dagmar van Weeghel, ‘Egg’, 2016, The Public House of Art

With this portrait, Dagmar van Weeghel pays homage to Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the African orphaned princess who was taken to England to be given to Queen Victoria in the 19th Century. Dagmar created the portrait like an old worldly painting, using daylight only and adding overlayers and brushing techniques to resemble the contrast of the photographic collodion process. The ostrich egg beautifully emphasises the vulnerability of life, while symbolising the second birth, as a refenrence to Sarah's chance to start a new life in Europe.

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