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Defining Features

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7248.1546/a (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1546
  1. Christopher Martyn
  1. BMJ

    Scientific and medical portraits 1660-2000

    National Portrait Gallery, London, until 17 September

    There are at least two good reasons to visit the National Portrait Gallery at the moment. One is to ride the escalator to the new Ondaatje wing, ingeniously constructed in the centre of the existing building. Another is to descend to the basement to spend an hour at this exhibition. In fact, Defining Features is more visual essay than exhibition: an inquiry into the functions and problems of portraiture rather than a celebration …

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