Thursday, June 1, 2017


A study of Carlo Dolci's portrait of St. Philip Neri. To quote:
Look at the brow hairs which were painted one by one. Look at the two tiny dots placed next to each other to denote the wetness of the eye and thus bring it to life. Look at how the artist used blue and purple hues in the inner corner of the eye and on the upper lid to imitated the translucent quality of the human skin....Can we all take a moment to appreciate how much work has gone into this portrait? Also, this becomes awesome times a hundred when you take into consideration that artists back then mixed their OWN pigments together - no ready made tube pigments like we have today! (Read more.)

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