Sunday, 1 January 2012
Sua cuique persona
26. Sua cuique persona (Latin, “to each his own mask”)
This phrase is associated with a painting variously called The Veiled Woman and The Nun, dating from around 1510 and today attributed to Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.
This unusual portrait includes a painting designed to cover it;
a false panel painted with grotesque reliefs including a flesh- colored mask with tight lips and black, empty eye-holes. An inscription reads Sua cuique persona.
The painting calls into question the nature of the false identities we create in our social environments, and in portraits specifically.
Tiqqun / Theory of Bloom II/ appendix