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Painting Gina: National Gallery hypocrisy over cruel Rinehart portrait

It is absurd to me that Rinehart, as the portrait’s subject, seems without agency

20 May 2024

2:00 AM

20 May 2024

2:00 AM

It’s certainly been a week for portraiture. Jonathan Yeo’s study of His Majesty has provoked many a reaction. The painting was described by this magazine’s Alexander Larman as ‘accomplished, intelligent, and conservative’; conversely, Jonathan Jones, in a scathing polemic for The Guardian, gave Yeo’s efforts a measly one out of five stars, labelling it ‘facile pseudo-portraiture’ and ‘a masterpiece of shallowness’.

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