Monday, July 19, 2021



A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or through other artistic drawings. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines.

The term is derived for the Italian caricare—to charge or load. Thus, the word "caricature" essentially means a "loaded portrait".

Some of the earliest caricatures are found in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, who actively sought people with deformities to use as models. The point was to offer an impression of the original which was more striking than a portrait. Caricature took a road to its first successes in the closed aristocratic circles of France and Italy, where such portraits could be passed about for mutual enjoyment.

- Wikipedia


Some examples from history:

Ancient Pompeiian graffiti caricature of a politician

Some of da Vinci’s caricatures

Some more da Vinci


Celebrity caricatures . . .

Tina Turner

Danny Glover

Sean Connery

Jack Nicholson

Rohan Atkinson

Idris Elba

Luciano Pavarotti

Leslie Nielsen

Hulk Hogan

Dolly Parton

Mahatma Gandhi

Hugh Laurie

Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt

Joe Biden

Kamala Harris

Goldie Hawn

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Boris Johnson

Bruce Willis

Clint Eastwood

Marilyn Monroe

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Scott Morrison

R Lee Ermey
Maggie Smith

Queen Elizabeth


Prince Charles


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