The desire to be proud of history, to be similar to the world's most powerful, transforms personality. A romantic 16th century love story between King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania Žygimantas Augustas (Sigismundus Augustus) and Barbora Radvilaitė presents two heroes we can try to align with. The king's namesake, the author of this work Žygimantas August(in)as, made an attempt to become similar to Žygimantas Augustas (1520-1572) and Barbora Radvilaitė (1520-1551) with the help of self-portrait painting and craniometric data. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the King and Queen, fans and skeptics are provided with an opportunity to explore their own external resemblance to those historical personalities. The software will examine your facial features and determine the percentage of similarity.
The project is on show at Klaipeda Culture Comuication Exhibition Hall form September 4 till November 8, 2020. Trere is also a book about this project called "To Zygimantas Augustas" sold by publishing house ArtSeria.
Project was developed during my Phd studies at Vilnius Academy of Art and is an extention of my thesis "Picture Demand / the Case of (IN)"