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Elliptical Format Collection

The elliptical format, a timeless artistic technique, has captured the essence of countless notable figures throughout history

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte
circa 1840: English novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855). Original Artwork: Portrait by Thompson. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Portrait Of Beethoven

Portrait Of Beethoven
Portrait of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), after a painting by Christian Horneman, 1803. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, 138 BC - 78 BC

Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, 138 BC - 78 BC
illustration of a Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, 138 BC - 78 BC

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Henry Stuart, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557)

Henry Stuart, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557)
2603858 Henry Stuart, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557); (add.info.: Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557), grandson of Margaret Tudor

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: William Laud (1573 - 1645), 1814 (engraving)

William Laud (1573 - 1645), 1814 (engraving)
2603856 William Laud (1573 - 1645), 1814 (engraving); (add.info.: William Laud (1573 - 1645), Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633, religious adviser to Charles I

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Black and white print portrait of Leonardo da Vinci

Black and white print portrait of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679)

Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679)
2603835 Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679) by Jaspers, Jan Baptist (c.1620-91) (after); (add.info.: Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679) English political philosopher, born at Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865), 16th President of the United States

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Portrait of William Shakespeare

Portrait of William Shakespeare
This 1849 vintage print features the portrait of William Shakespeare

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Woman harvesting wheat on combine harvester

Woman harvesting wheat on combine harvester
Woman harvesting wheat on a combine harvester. Mosaic from the ceiling of the Moscow metro (underground) railway, 1938. By Alexander Deineka, Russian painter and graphic artist

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Merchant Ship

Merchant Ship
circa 1915: A merchant ship, the Star of Alaska in sail. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: One Penny

One Penny
1890: The One Penny piece depicting Britannia. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Benito Mussolini Aged 22

Benito Mussolini Aged 22
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945), aged 22. Original Publication: People Disc - HW0218 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: First Crusade

First Crusade
Scenes of the storming of Antioch and Crusaders in battle, from the painted windows in Abbey Saint Denys, circa 1100. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore
circa 1850: Millard Fillmore (1800 - 1874), 13th President of the United States of America. Fillmore was vice-president to Zachary Taylor and became President upon his death

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin
British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882). Original Artwork: Woodbury type by Lock & Whitfield. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: George Washington

George Washington
circa 1800: George Washington ( 1732 - 1799 ), the 1st President of the United States of America. Original Artwork: Painting by American artist Rembrandt Peale ( 1778 - 1860)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Cellist

Cellist
circa 1850: A street musician playing the cello. Original Artwork: Photograph possibly by Lewis Carroll (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: John Pym (1584 - 1643)

John Pym (1584 - 1643) English Parliamentary statesman. One of the five Members of Parliament whose arrest Charles demanded when he entered Parliament on 4 January 1642

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: English printing workshop

English printing workshop. In right background the compositor is selecting type from a case. At left the printers assistant holds the inking pads while, in the centre, the printer

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Henry Stuart, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557)

Henry Stuart, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557)
Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany, known as Lord Darnley (1545 - 1557), grandson of Margaret Tudor, second husband of Mary Queen of Scots and father of James I and VI

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: William Laud (1573 - 1645)

William Laud (1573 - 1645), Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633, religious adviser to Charles I. Persecuted the Puritans, attempted to force Anglican liturgy on Presbyterian church in Scotland

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Julius II (1443 - 1513) Pope from 1503

Julius II (1443 - 1513) Pope from 1503
Julius II (born Giuliano della Rovere - 1443 - 1513) Pope from 1503. Known as the Warrior Pope. Julius with Michelangelo

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679)

Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679) English political philosopher, born at Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Argued for absolute rule. Engraving

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: France, Portrait of Eugene Schneider (1805 - 1875), French industrialist, vintage photograph

France, Portrait of Eugene Schneider (1805 - 1875), French industrialist, vintage photograph
France - 19th century - Portrait of industrialist Eugene Schneider. Period photograph

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Italy, Portrait of Giovanni Ricordi (1785-1853), Italian classical music publisher

Italy, Portrait of Giovanni Ricordi (1785-1853), Italian classical music publisher, founder of Casa Ricordi 19th century, Museo Teatrale (Scala)

Background imageElliptical Format Collection: Austria, Browl in a tavern, engraving

Austria, Browl in a tavern, engraving
Austria - 19th century. Browl in tavern


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The elliptical format, a timeless artistic technique, has captured the essence of countless notable figures throughout history. From the intense gaze of Beethoven in his portrait to the stern countenance of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, this format brings their personalities to life. Charlotte Bronte's delicate features are beautifully highlighted in an elliptical frame, while Thomas Hobbes' intellectual prowess is accentuated by its elegant curves. Even Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, finds himself immortalized within this unique shape. The black and white print portrait of Leonardo da Vinci takes on a new dimension when encased in an elliptical frame - adding depth and intrigue to his enigmatic persona. Giuseppe Parini's likeness is transformed into a work of art through an engraving after a drawing by Andrea Appiani. Charles Cornwallis' distinguished appearance shines through as he gazes out from within an elliptical boundary. William Shakespeare's iconic face seems almost theatrical when presented in this unconventional manner. The Brothers Grimm come alive with their imaginations vividly portrayed within these curved lines. Not even time can diminish the impact of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix; his presence resonates through centuries thanks to this remarkable format. Even a humble merchant ship gains grandeur when framed within an ellipse - reminding us that beauty can be found even in unexpected places. The elliptical format transcends mere portraiture; it elevates each subject into something more profound and captivating. It invites us to explore their stories beyond what meets the eye and encourages us to appreciate artistry from all walks of life.