Portraits in the 21st Century
Alternative Autobiographies

Digital Limnings: Miniature Memories

Experiments in Digital Limnings


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Telephone Story: A Portrait

This Voice Anywhere

Van Eyck's Mirror
  Digital Limnings:
Miniature Memories

Photo by Webb Chappell
Joan Logue
born 1942
lives and works in New York, New York

with Kelly Dobson and Raffi Krikorian

Mannequins, digital video, digital screens

In the Renaissance, kings rarely traveled to find a bride: instead, an artist was sent to paint her likeness. These artisans were often not the official court painter but lesser-known painters who also illuminated manuscripts as their highly refined trade. One particular Netherlandish family established a workshop serving British monarch Henry VIII, producing miniature portraits called "Limnings" and setting a trend that would continue in England and on the Continent for centuries. For today's celebrated personages, Digital Limnings are also miniature memories wherein the past is stored in the present.