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Copies of Dali's paintings I made mostly during 2002. I used tempera and two of them (the nurse and girl at the window) I placed them on a self -made frame. In three of them there are some minor (or not so minor) changes made deliberately. The original paintings are: The Basket of Bread (1926), Christ of Saint John of the Cross (1951), Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus, 1954), Mysterious Mouth Appearing in the Back of My Nurse (1941), The Elephants (1948), Figure at a window (1925), The Burning Giraffe (1937).

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Copies of paintings by El Greco. The two bigger ones ( The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1590 (50x60cm) and St. Francis (50x70cm) ) are made with oil colors (on canvas and paper respectively) while the three smaller ones (size approx. 30x40cm) were made with tempera on paper. 

Agony in the Garden

Realism gives way to the opposite extreme in this fantastic vision of a Spanish mystic. Figures and landscape are distorted, far removed from nature in shape, lighting, color and texture. But unlike ordinary dream pictures, it is organized, consistently directed to a purpose, not a mere extravagant jumble. As representation, it gives clearly enough the essentials of a story that was familiar and moving in the intensely religious age of the Inquisition. But of greater interest now is the striking design of diagonal planes and vivid colors. In composition it is one of the latest of several different treatments of this theme, in which Greco sought more and more compression and simplification, the gathering together of scattered parts, the bringing out of main features with greater emphasis. In earlier versions, for example, the sleeping disciples were large, nearby and comparatively detached from the rest of the design. Here Christ and the angel are large and bold, in slashing angular strokes, while around them swirl twisting ovals of cloud. Smaller parts echo the diagonal swirling and crisscross motion of the larger ones. The painting is all in terms of pure color, not of light and line with color added on the surface. Again in contrast with the sombre Van Eyck, it flares with a lurid phosphorescent glow of changing colors, crimson, blue-green and golden yellow. Their clashing excitement is in harmony with the rhythm of movement, and with the general spirit of ecstatic drama. (info by oldandsold.com)

Christ kneels in the centre; at the upper left an angel appears to him with a cup, a reference to his forthcoming Passion. In the background on the left are the sleeping apostles - Peter, James the Greater and John; on the right Judas approaches with soldiers.

The painting is a synthesis of varying accounts of the Agony in the Gospels and is probably a workshop replica of a painting in the Museum of Toledo (Ohio). There are also several authentic vertical versions of this composition.

(Info by nationalgallery.org.uk)

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This work is a detail from the famous painting The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by the gran master Jon van Eyck. I haven't seen the actual painting but only photos of it, so I'm not so sure about its brightness and color range. I think (based on the photos) that my copy (apart from the drawing inconcistencies) is brighter and more saturated than it should. 

 

About the original painting (the whole article here):

The Arnolfini Portrait is an oil painting on oak panel dated 1434 by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck. It is also known as The Arnolfini Wedding, The Arnolfini Marriage, The Arnolfini Double Portrait or the Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife.

This painting is believed to be a portrait of the Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife, presumably in their home in the Flemish city of Bruges. It is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art history. Both signed and dated by Van Eyck in 1434, it is, with the Ghent Altarpiece by the same artist and his brother Hubert, the oldest very famous panel painting to have been executed in oils rather than in tempera. The painting was bought by the National Gallery in London in 1842.

The illusionism of the painting was remarkable for its time, in part for the rendering of detail, but particularly for the use of light to evoke space in an interior, for "its utterly convincing depiction of a room, as well of the people who inhabit it".

"The painting is often referenced for its immaculate depiction of non-Euclidean geometry," due to the image drawn on the round convex mirror hanging on the wall in the back of the room.

[...] The little dog symbolizes loyalty, or can be seen as an emblem of lust, signifying the couple's desire to have a child. The dog could also be simply a lap dog, a gift from husband to wife. Many wealthy women in the court had lap dogs as companions. So, the dog could reflect the wealth of the couple and their position in courtly life...

(source: wikipedia)

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All sketches here are copies of works by great art masters, like Rubens, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio etc. It was an attempt to study their work and improve my understanding and practice.

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