21 Feb-1 May. The 18 short-listed candidates in the so-called Museum Beauty Contest at the Galleria Nazionale are on display in the gallery until 1 May, with the joint winners being announced on 27 March.
The online beauty pageant, whose unorthodox concept has raised more than a few eyebrows in the Italian art world, is directed by artist Paco Cao and is part of a new approach being taken by the gallery's director Cristina Collu.
The 18 short-listed portraits vying for the "Miss and Mister Galleria Nazionale" crown were selected from a total of 70 portaits in the gallery's collection: 35 women and 35 men.
Members of the public have until 27 March to select the “most beautiful portrait” - either online or at the gallery - using the following criteria: “physical appearance, demeanour and attitude, regardless of the style or technical quality of the works.”
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