This was my last painting session at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has been incredible eight weeks of copying a painting by Caravaggio.
Thank you The Met, Thank You to those running the Met Copyist Program, and Thank You all the Met Staff and Met Security for this opportunity to copy and learn from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. THANK YOU.
So much has happened while participating in the Copyist Program at the Met—continuing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, intensifying inflation concerns, escalating Iranian Protests, and much more.
From all the news, though, the events that had been in my mind the most is the worldwide protests that have begun following the death of Mahsa Amini in September.
To capture and to remember this time in history, I titled my version of my mastercopy as follows:
The Denial of Saint Peter: Woman, Life, Freedom
Leading up to starting the copyist program, I had finished a portrait of an Iranian Woman who informed me of the protests there because of the way wearing hijab is enforced by the ‘morality’ police.
- Coincidentally, I had already selected to copy the Denial of Saint Peter, which includes a lady with a head covering
- And, when the protests made use of the words ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’, it reminded me of three times that Peter denied Jesus, and how that is represented in this painting.
The Final Push
It is incredible how fast 3 hours passes by when painting. For the first half of the session, I worked on refining the portrait of Peter and the lady—this time paying special attention to the light hitting the original compared to my copy.
The second half was spent on placing lightest highlights throughout the painting, ending with the highlights on the soldier’s armor.
And just like that, I finished mastercopying at the Met.
Thank you for reading my stories, following and sending me encouragement via Instagram (@jesoundkeepers). I hope you have enjoyed reading my weekly updates. I hope my stories and experience at the Met has perhaps inspired some of you to join the copyist program at the Met, or simply take a leap of faith to pick up a paint brush and paint.
- Met Copyist Program – Week 1
- Copying Caravaggio – Week 2
- Painting at the Metropolitan Museum – Week 3
- Mastercopy: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Week 4
- The Met: Gallery 601 – Week 5
- Painting the soldier’s helmet – Week 6
- Mastercopying Caravaggio at the Met – Week 7
- The Denial of Saint Peter: Woman, Life, Freedom – Week 8
- A Master Copy – Diego Velázquez- Done for now
- The Denial of Saint Peter (La Negazione di Pietro) is a painting finished around 1610 – Read More From Wikipedia