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Old 07-27-2017, 05:21 AM
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RaphaŽl Mengs - The Dream of St Joseph

Hello,

this is my first post in this great forum. I'm french (South of France), sorry for my english.

This is my first copy of a masterpiece : RaphaŽl Mengs - The Dream of St Joseph. Oil on panel (100 cm X 70 cm).

This copy is in progress. I must still work on faces, hands, hair, background.

My goal when I start this copy was to learn and better understand the process of painting to find a medium that meets my needs. It is not a research on the secrets techniques of old masters, but rather a way of practically understanding the processes they used to adapt them to current materials in order to paint faster and, I hope, better.

Raphael Mengs was a great colorist and it's also a good school for me to make this copy.

Feel free to give me constructive criticism.

You can saw a better photo here : https://cardonnel.me/copie-cours-raphael-mengs/

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Re: RaphaŽl Mengs - The Dream of St Joseph

He is indeed great with colors and the lighting. You can really feel the forms, their anatomical shapes. I think you did a great study of his majestic piece! I know that the picture might be a little different from what it might be in real life, but if I have to compare yours to his piece, his is darker and less saturated. However, I can really see that you have captured his strong sense of anatomical forms with precise accuracy. So many details to take in account, I believe you have succeeded!

On term of the original piece being darker, let me give you example, compare his left hand. On the original one, it's so dark that you almost can't even see his fingers while on your piece, you can see them clearly with no problem. Maybe something to keep in mind since that's what gives the original one so rich of depth. That's definitely the art form of chiaroscuro. Rembrandt (one of my favorite artists) is also well known for this style. Notice both of their work is more to the dark side, not light side.

That's just me giving out my thoughts. I hope at least something of it will help you out. Either way, the most important part is that if you have learned something from it, then great job!
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Re: RaphaŽl Mengs - The Dream of St Joseph

Thank you very much for your message DMArtist7.

I will try to improve what you are talking about

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Anytime Ecar, I saw your beautiful website. Loved all your artworks on it!
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Anytime Ecar, I saw your beautiful website. Loved all your artworks on it!

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