Thanks. Another great find. I think big eyes are also associated with children, so suggest innocence or youth.
Fayum portraits of a woman (Lourve Museum, Paris) and a man (British Museum, London), Wikipedia [Public Domain] “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter,” wrote the Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë, “- often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” Perhaps that’s why portrait painters and animators – from the makers of Japanese manga to the creators of Disney princesses – so purposefully enhance the eyes of their characters. To render them more soulful. Large, expressive eyes were also a distinctive feature of the “Fayum mummy portraits” – paintings on wooden boards attached to mummies – that were popular across Egypt in the Coptic period (roughly 3rd to 7th centuries), named after an oasis near Cairo.
An 11th century depiction of the Angel of the Last Judgment from the abbey Sant’Angelo in Formis, Capua, southern Italy, Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain] Irene Raspollini (Facebook, Twitter, Google+), a self-taught artist from…
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