So I learned much about how Diego Velázquez painted by copying this painting of his. undoubtedly, in my own opinion, Diego was one of the best painters from those that I admire.
As you can imagine, this master copy is quiet different from the original in many ways. The main difference is probably the way this was painted using more of traditional oil painting techniques than the way Diego executed the original. Second, my version probably has slightly bigger figure (face) than the original, and finally, for my last working sessions, I made numerous changes as I see fit, deviating from the copies of the original. Besides, there is no good reason to keep copying from inaccurate copies.
I suppose I can get this to look very close to the original, but I going to move on with other projects for now.
Once the Hispanics Society reopens, and when I can see the original painting once again, I may make additional changes.
- Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Contains a good summary of this painting.
- Portrait of a Young Girl: A Conservator’s Approach – Shows before during, and after photos from its conservation treatment.