In a world where we can take, save, and send a pictures with a few touches of the finger, it’s hard to remember a time where such tokens were not only rare, but a luxury.
Before the invention of the camera made photographs available to the masses, tiny miniature portraits were commissioned by those wishing a facsimile of a loved-one’s face.
These paintings were often mounted into jewelry and worn next to the heart.
The detail of the artwork is amazing, and for the most part, the paintings are very flattering.
Of course, I’m sure if an artist wanted to keep his commission, he would do his best to play up his subject’s attractiveness. If only the same could be said of most DMV photographers.