Philosophical portraiture by Aleksandra Marcella Lauro

Aleksandra is working on a series on philosophical portraiture. The ultimate aim is to depict a life either as it is in the midst of transforming or after it has been transformed. In this series, she seeks in particular to portray the salient virtues of an excellent human life.

In the example below, we see Humility (on the viewer’s left) juxtaposed with Courage (on the right). Does Humility turn toward Courage? Does Courage bow down, becoming Humility? (Is there indeed, as Socrates held, a Unity of the Virtues?) And how does the hair flowing downward hold–without binding or entangling–one to the other?

Our lives are works in progress.

Aleksandra Marcella Lauro