Does Paul Emsley see Kate Middleton as an aging, chubby ghost?
The award-winning artist revealed his portrait of the duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London Friday. Art critics and social media users alike are not impressed.
"He made her look older than she is and her eyes don't sparkle in the way that they do and there's something rather dour about the face," Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak said.
"This is a a rotten portrait," British Art Journal editor Robin Simon told The Daily Mail.
Twitter users weighed in:
Camilla's given Kate Middleton's portrait a slight touch up. Big improvement. twitpic.com/bubrym— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) January 11, 2013
Does the Palace SERIOUSLY hate Kate Middleton? See the proof... gossipgirl.alloyentertainment.com/kate-middleton…— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) January 11, 2013
According to a release on Prince Charles' website, Kate participated in two sittings with Emsley, who also used photographs to finish the look.
Naturally, Kate only had nice things to say about the painting. When the duke and duchess of Cambridge visited the National Portrait Gallery in London for a viewing, the pregnant Kate reportedly called it "just amazing." "I thought it was brilliant," she said, according to The Sun.
"It's beautiful, absolutely beautiful," William said.