Smirks and smiles

An article on why people smile so seldom in paintings:

http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/09/18/the-serious-and-the-smirk-the-smile-in-portraiture/

Excerpt:

“Nonetheless, both painters and sitters did have a number of good reasons for being disinclined to encourage the smile. The primary reason is as obvious as it is overlooked: it is hard to do. In the few examples we have of broad smiles in formal portraiture, the effect is often not particularly pleasing, and this is something we can easily experience today. (…) A smile is like a blush – it is a response, not an expression per se, and so it can neither be easily maintained nor easily recorded.”

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