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Likeness, Familiarity, and the Ambient Portrait Average

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Abstract


  • © The Author(s) 2020. This artist-led research project involved 10 visual artists producing 10 ambient portraits and a portrait average of a locally familiar Sitter, and 10 ambient portraits and a portrait average of a less locally familiar Sitter. All were then assessed for likeness by more than 150 members of the general public attending an exhibition during Australia’s 2018 National Science Week. The results of this study are that portrait averages can be highly shape accurate and tend to be seen as a good likeness by all viewers. However, the portrait average is not necessarily the best likeness. Extending and validating our previous findings regarding the relationship of likeness, familiarity, and shape accuracy (as measured using geometric morphometrics) in portraiture, unfamiliar viewers favouring shape accurate depictions of a Sitter attained statistical significance. Familiar viewers, however, although also tending to view shape accurate depictions a good to very good likeness, were shown to have a stronger preference for portraits that exaggerate a Sitter’s facial distinctiveness, including an exaggeration of their head pose, providing such exaggerations are in approximate proportional agreement.

UOW Authors


  •   Hayes, Susan
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Zaracostas, T (external author)
  •   Henderson, Maggie (external author)
  •   Telenta, Julie (external author)
  •   McCombe, Elspeth (external author)
  •   Christopher, Kim (external author)
  •   Calvert, Emma (external author)
  •   Abbati, Donna (external author)
  •   Smith, Odette (external author)
  •   Medwell, Emma (external author)
  •   Wilcock, Joyce (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Hayes, S., Caputi, P., Zaracostas, T., Henderson, M., Telenta, J., McCombe, E., Christopher, K., Calvert, E., Abbati, D., Smith, O., Medwell, E. & Wilcock, J. (2020). Likeness, Familiarity, and the Ambient Portrait Average. Perception,

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85083043371

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2307&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/1289

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • © The Author(s) 2020. This artist-led research project involved 10 visual artists producing 10 ambient portraits and a portrait average of a locally familiar Sitter, and 10 ambient portraits and a portrait average of a less locally familiar Sitter. All were then assessed for likeness by more than 150 members of the general public attending an exhibition during Australia’s 2018 National Science Week. The results of this study are that portrait averages can be highly shape accurate and tend to be seen as a good likeness by all viewers. However, the portrait average is not necessarily the best likeness. Extending and validating our previous findings regarding the relationship of likeness, familiarity, and shape accuracy (as measured using geometric morphometrics) in portraiture, unfamiliar viewers favouring shape accurate depictions of a Sitter attained statistical significance. Familiar viewers, however, although also tending to view shape accurate depictions a good to very good likeness, were shown to have a stronger preference for portraits that exaggerate a Sitter’s facial distinctiveness, including an exaggeration of their head pose, providing such exaggerations are in approximate proportional agreement.

UOW Authors


  •   Hayes, Susan
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Zaracostas, T (external author)
  •   Henderson, Maggie (external author)
  •   Telenta, Julie (external author)
  •   McCombe, Elspeth (external author)
  •   Christopher, Kim (external author)
  •   Calvert, Emma (external author)
  •   Abbati, Donna (external author)
  •   Smith, Odette (external author)
  •   Medwell, Emma (external author)
  •   Wilcock, Joyce (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Hayes, S., Caputi, P., Zaracostas, T., Henderson, M., Telenta, J., McCombe, E., Christopher, K., Calvert, E., Abbati, D., Smith, O., Medwell, E. & Wilcock, J. (2020). Likeness, Familiarity, and the Ambient Portrait Average. Perception,

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85083043371

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2307&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/1289

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom