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Portrait Details

This portrait has a classical composition of a three-quarter angle. It also has a dark background that illuminates the sitter. The sitter wears a dark and formal dress. The sitter poses still with his eyes engaged with the viewers. The frame is elaborately decorated and painted in gold. These are the characteristics that have been often used for portraits of enlightened men in history. Therefore, it is possible that this portrait tries to depict Marconi as an enlightened scientist rather than as a commercial inventor.

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