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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Oil Painting - The Royal Stuart Angels after Antonio Canova

The Royal Stuart Angels after Antonio Canova - Painting number 73
Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Canvas.

This is a study of the marble angel sculptures by Antonio Canova on the tomb of the last three members of the Royal House of Stuart (Stewart) part one of two. The monument is for James III, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Henry. Here's a photo of the original which is housed in St Peter's Basilica.
I didn't intend to study this sculpture directly, copying the look of Neoclassical marble, instead I've used Early Renaissance painting techniques with more of a look of Late Medieval art than I usually attempt.  
This is the first time I have used real gold paint in one of my renaissance studies, I've added to the wings and hair. I now understand why they added gold to paintings, it adds a strange glowing rich and different dimension. It is really bold.
The original sculpture is female but my study looks male, I started painting the face without looking at the original  (tut tut) and then didn't feel like it needed changing. Male, Female, I don't think it matters when angels are involved.

Here's the work in  progress, as it constantly changed.

Before I forget, here's this morning's sky
Edinburgh Sky - Wednesday 8th May, morning.