Master Copies:

Like Music Masters, virtually all the Art Masters from Leonardo/ Michelangelo/Raphael/Titian/ Rubens/Van Dyck and even forward to Sargent would make "Master Copies" of paintings or portions of paintings as a way to "learn from their Master predecessors".  At the time of his death, The Master, Van Dyck, had copied, among others, 17 Titians.  I love the wisdom within the tradition and feel a kindredship with the original Masters when emulating them.  This section offers some of the Master copies from which I have learned.

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"Thomas/ of Anthony Van Dyck's Francois Langlois"

 

Van Dyck loved music.  So did his friend, book and art dealer, Francois Langlois.  Van Dyck had been turning out portraits in traditional, stoic, settings.  He conspired with Langois to produce something different.  He did a sketch...and ultimately a follow up painting.  I like the how Van Dyck captured the uniqueness and naturalness of expression of the composition and the reflected "orange" light in the face and on the hat of Langlois.


12"/16" Oil on Canvas Board

 

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