Formal Portraits: An Alternate Art World

Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum, provides fascinating insight into "portraits of dignitaries... an art world that orbited in tandem with the art world [he] knew but never intersected..." Belz tells the story of how he facilitated portrait commissions from the painter George Augusta for Brandeis Univeristy. Augusta, Belz writes, "allowed his pictures to be about his subjects instead of about himself... he comfortably partnered form and content while respecting in equal measures the full energies of art and life alike."