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08-19-2012, 11:16 AM
I am having a go at Leonardo's La belle ferronniere , has anybody got any info on his palette for this beauty .


Any other help will be much appricated thanks .

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-20-2012, 05:20 AM
Good luck... I love this painting and it is on my list of "things to copy".

I can't help with the palatte except that i would assume mostly earth colours. With perhaps one of the lead yellows.

Not sure about the red, it looks so rich.

Please post your progress shots here. Love to see them.


08-21-2012, 03:41 PM
Thanks Sarah.

I think you are right about the earth colours i hadn't thought about lead yellows thanks for that .

I will post updates as i go along .

Cheers Hiker .

Steaven Heppener
08-23-2012, 02:27 PM
Hi, I'm no expert, but looking at the image you've provided, I would say that the colours are not correct. After doing abit of research, I would say the gown is probably Terra Rossa or Venetian Red, Red Oche or similar. Like I said, the image makes the red look far too rich, if you wanted it to look this way, I would use Alizarin Crimson & Cadmium Red Deep.


08-23-2012, 06:47 PM
Thanks Steaven, yes the image is not right the red is to much , thanks for the suggestion Terra rosa looks close i will give it a go .

08-30-2012, 04:03 PM
Hi everyone , well i have started ,it is the first time i have painted anything like this so it is all new to me but i am enjoying it very much any C and C would be welcome .

First the drawing


First layer of paint mixed with low odour thinner.


And where i am at now .


I am going to build up the layers using liquin and see where it takes me i know it looks nothing like her now but i hope in time it will .

Thanks for looking .

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-30-2012, 05:44 PM
Hi, Can't wait to see what you do with this. I am doing a copy of a slightly earlier portrait (still Italian renaissance though)

Advice is so difficult to give as everyone likes to work in a different way. I am not very experienced, but my suggestion would be to do an underpainting with careful tonal work first. However the only reason i suggest this is because this is what I am doing.

However there are more that one way to skin a cat...

I hope you enjoy the painting. It is a great choice. Keep posting your progress please :-)


09-09-2012, 12:34 PM
I got a bit more done today , i haven't done much to the face yet and already the mouth is proving to be difficult the eyes and nose also the three things that are key to this painting .

Slowly slowly i think anyway here is a update pic .


ianos dan
01-01-2013, 12:59 PM
Very nice Hiker! you can work now with washes,it will help you to obtain her likeness ,Leonardo never used thick paint :)

03-02-2013, 07:10 PM
Looking great!
Havnt tried doing a study and am tempted to try this now. Wonder if I could get this to fit on a 11x14 if I crop some of it.