21 March, 2012

Copying Project - Barbara Dürer


Portrait of Barbara Dürer - 1490

In order to learn it is a good practice at times to copy the works of those who have mastered painting in centuries before us and who have demonstrated an aptitude for the art and craft of painting. In this project I submit a picture of Barbara Dürer that Albrecht Dürer drew of his mother in his formative years (1490). The original is in oil on panel and measures 47 x 38 cm. It is in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. If you were to copy this work you could do it literally, or you could do a modern portrait in the style of this portrait. You could use Albrecht Dürer's portrait as inspiration in any way you wish to interpret it. The above portrait is remarkable for it's beauty and the age at which Albrecht painted it.

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