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Sarah Edgecumbe
04-24-2012, 09:21 PM
Hi Everyone,

Hope you don't mind me posting here. I am starting some copies of ghirlandaio's paintings. Yes i know they are probably too advanced for my very new hobby, but I'm very interested in History and do Reenactment. Basically I wanted a copy of this painting for the Abbey Medieval Festival we have here in July. I perform with a group from 1480's so it's a pretty perfect time. :D

I thought I would post my attempts and see how i go. I have started with it on canvas, but still have the drawing and will do the painting again onto panel. Learning from this one i should be able to do a good job next time. I'm planning on using MDF covered in several coats of gesso

Here is the picture that i am copying:

Here is the other one. ( yes it is a 4m fresco... but i want to do a largeish copy of it, (like 1 meter ) so i wanted to have a little play with a section of it. See how it translates to oil paint.


Here is my work on both so far:

Please note the portrait is only in a first underlayer. So darks not really in. I have a few things to fix. Especially the eyes although i'm happy the nose doesn't quite look like a giant sausage (My noses often do) :D

The other one, needs the lights put back in a little and a general tidy up. I have not put on the faces yet. As they are so small they will go in last of all i think. Considering that it is a small study to see how it goes, i'm happyish. Next time i won't make it so small. Doing my head in trying to simplify it a little. What was once big brush strokes is now the slightest line.

Despite all this i'm enjoying this enormously. How fun is it to see it emerging from the canvas. Sorry for all you folks that think i a) shouldn't copy something or b) should start smaller. I am doing smaller studies on the side just wanted to try these :D :D :D

I keep posting my efforts here.

In the meantime, has anyone copied this painter before and have any tips? Colour suggestions ect...

Thanks WC you guys rock!


Sarah Edgecumbe
05-01-2012, 12:18 AM
Undated Photo

Today's work at art class.. Things are progressing. Still not happy with the eyes on the right. The white is in the dress correcting mistakes (to be glazed over soon) and the one on the left has no hands or faces and only a few spots have colour over the under - painting. Successful day. Next time i SWEAR i will have the underpainting PERFECT before starting colour... Lesson learnt!



Learning heaps throughout this little adventure. Can't wait to finish them and start a new one with that knowledge. Now if only i can make the paint do what i want it to do...lol



05-03-2012, 04:57 AM
Hi Sarah,
I can not wait to see the color layer too...I'm so curiouse .Your painting are already very beautiful.Have fun.:thumbsup:

Sarah Edgecumbe
05-03-2012, 06:34 PM
Thanks Lamai,

I'm enjoying it very much. Hopefully the next ones will be better :-)

Happy Painting!

Sarah Edgecumbe
05-07-2012, 12:21 AM
Update after today's work..

I'm buggered so no more today. I put in the blue of the dress with titanium and cereulean blue and the pink dress. I also started the background/foreground and bedhead.

Still havn't even considered the skin tones yet and the two girls in the front left have no tops yet... :-)



Sarah Edgecumbe
05-08-2012, 03:28 AM
Not sure who is reading... but i'm posting today's work anyway :wave:


Not looking forward to skin tone time...


07-06-2012, 03:28 PM
Great paintings, Sarah!
Medieval Art is my first LOVE:clap:


Sarah Edgecumbe
07-10-2012, 12:43 AM
Thanks Gigalot,

My fav time period so far really seems to be the early 1500's (some in the late 1400's) so late medieval early renaissance. However every time i look more i see more i like. Sigh.

Here is the one i am currently trying to get finished. It's a small copy LIPPI, Fra Filippo
Madonna and Child
c. 1440


It is still not finished. I have also changed the baby a little as i just couldn't draw him as ugly as the original.

anyway i am persevering.

Happy painting

07-11-2012, 10:25 AM
I always enjoy how well balanced and bright colors ancient painters did.
However, not all of them were a great portrait masters. There are many weak, primitive painters in all ages.