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Portrait of Marie-louise de Tassis after Anthony Van Dyck

July 22, 2008

My second Van Dyck piece went in a very different direction after painting a new flowformed piece in a style different from my usual. The new hairstyle is my favourite aspect of this piece, transforming the subject into a wild anime punk. I love the Victorian costumes and details of Van Dyck pieces. His mastery of fabric and flow is somewhat lost here, but I’ll try to better represent that in future remixes.

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Portrait of Napoleon after Andrea Appiani

July 19, 2008

This portrait of Napoleon really reflects the opulence of the time; the costumery of the period is stunning, and I had to work hard to make sure that the details weren’t lost as I remixed. Royal blue and yellow seemed most appropriate for the subject, and I’m relatively happy with how the piece turned out. Hope you enjoy!

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Portrait of Emporer Ferdinand II of Austria after Francesco Hayez

July 15, 2008

Hayez produces the most interesting caractertures I’ve seen, and this one is the most distinct by far. Judging from other photos of Ferdinand the likeness was Hayez own design, although the genetic problems of the heavily inbred Hapsburg family are well known.

The realistic detail in his other work leads me to believe that his portraiture was a stylistic choice. Given that photography was beginning to take off around the time that this piece was painted, I wonder if he was attempting to distinguish himself by taking artistic license with the subject. It’s certainly a distinct piece for the period.

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Portrait of the painter Marten Pepyn after Anthony Van Dyck

July 11, 2008

Van Dyck was one of the first famous court portraitists, with many incredible portraits of British high society. He employed a number of assistants in his London workshop and created something of a production line. Many pieces attributed were never even touched by him, however most of his assistants and copyists could not approach the refinement of his manner, so compared to many masters consensus among art historians on attributions to him is usually relatively easy to reach.

This piece was an exploration of some darker imagery, influenced by the Beinart surreal art community. In most portraits I try to maintain the features of the subject, but this piece went in a different direction.

The costumes of Victorian high society in Van Dyck pieces are stunning, and I’m definitely looking forward to remixing more of his works.

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Portrait of Laura Battiferri after Angelo Bronzino

July 10, 2008

My second Bronzino is a remix of a portrait of his friend Laura Battiferri, an author and poet. In my earlier portraiture series, divine reflections I often used friends as my subject, and immediately felt a resonance to this piece. It went through several iterations of very different remixes before this final version, which I think fits perfectly. I hope you enjoy.

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Christ on the Cross after Albrecht Dürer

July 8, 2008

Definitely my most controversial piece, there’s something about depicting Christ on the cross that begins to approach sacrilege, though honestly I can say that this piece was created with reverence for the subject. I’ve encountered some people who are genuinely challenged by it, and I wonder if it will ever sell, but it was calling out to be made.

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