#WIP 🎨oil on gessoed aluminum strips.... Super rubbish photo of a painting I've been working on... trying a sturdier surface for the shifted pieces since this one will be travelling across a few countries. I have mixed feelings about aluminum as a painting surface.
Still needs some tweaks and a ton of highlights and skin textures to render before it undergoes its shifty transformation-but it's starting to get there. 👍
Stay tuned for the properly lit final photo over the next few days 🙊
Seen in the centre of this photograph is Guido Reni’s ‘The Toilet of Venus’, which hangs in Room 32.
Venus, the goddess of love, is attended by three Graces who fasten Venus’s sandals and jewellery. In the foreground, Cupid holds up Venus’s pearl earrings, while at top left a putto arranges flowers in a vase.
Several versions of this composition are known and this painting was long thought to be a copy made in Reni’s studio. However, recent conservation treatment has revealed far more of Reni’s hand at work than had previously been visible. The feathery brushstrokes on the central Grace’s arm, for example, are typical of Reni’s style. Visible changes to the picture’s design, such as the traces of pink drapery on Venus’s belly, show the artist working out his design. Infrared reflectography revealed more substantial changes, such as the addition of the putto at top left over a previously painted architectural scheme. These substantial changes, made during the painting process, not only strengthen the argument that this is the original composition on which other versions are based, but also tally with contemporary accounts that Reni delayed delivery of the painting in order to add in an entirely new figure.
Photo taken by Ellie in the Social Media team.
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I added the ribbon as the most feminine accent yet for one of my machine-hero portraits... I’m thinking of it as a child-portrait... innocence, sophisticated upbringing, privilege... #disrupt#pilat
54 370610 hours ago
Finished! Prints of this one and others through link in bio