Dating ru ff
“I think that historically photographs may have been made in a naive and honest way, when photographers believed in the ‘pencil of nature’ and recording what was in front of the camera,” he reflected.
“But photography quickly came to be used in a prejudicial way, losing its innocence and consequently its ability to communicate.” Born on February 10, 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany, Ruff studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during the late 1970s.
This short length of border may well have been part of a ruff, and it has been reconstructed in this way in the museum with the attachment of a linen support.
Ruff edging of linen needle lace comprising of a row of cutwork squares with two alternating geometric designs, and attached by an outer row of cutwork pointed scallops also of two alternating designs. The original border of needle lace has been attached to a modern piece of linen in order to reconstruct it partially as a ruff.
The resulting portraits are presented as large scale, highly detailed works.
Ruff edging of linen needle lace, probably made in Italy, 1600-1620Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars label text: Ruff 1600–20The pristine whiteness of a lace ruff drew attention to the face.Thomas Ruff is a contemporary German photographer and prominent member of the Düsseldorf School.His broad oeuvre incorporates images of domestic interiors, austere portraits, blurred pornography, photograms, and found JPEGs which intend to spur the imagination rather than capture reality.The technique of cutwork used to make this piece of lace was the creation of a delicate structure of needle lace stitches across the spaces cut in a fine linen ground.It reached the height of its popularity in the late sixteenth and early seventeeth century, when it was used to decorate every type of linen and in particuar to draw attention to the face and throat in the form of collars and ruffs.