Caravaggio Copy

Judith Beheading Holofernes (detail, in progress)

Slow progress on the Caravaggio copy. It should be noted that my copy is quite small… the head in my painting is about the size of a quarter. Caravaggio’s was about life sized. Also, for those not familiar with the original (and I’ll take a moment to say ‘Shame on you!’), wikipedia has a good reproduction. The painting is called Judith Beheading Holofernes and it’s quite beautiful. (Politely, I ask not to compare mine to the original too closely, especially at this point.)

Speaking of the reproductions- Take a look at the variety in color according to the various images.

Google Search: Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio

Obviously, this is an issue of some importance when attempting a copy. My solution was simply to pick one that I thought looked the best. Sadly, having never seen the painting in person, I had to make that decision based on the versions I’ve seen in various books, and my own best guess.

Then, there’s the issue of printer and monitor calibration. The image on my screen may look different on your screen, may print differently on my printer or yours, and so on. I just eyeballed it and opted to live with what I got.

Officially, if one were making a forgery caliber copy (and couldn’t do it at the museum in front of the original–which, with the changing policies on museum copying is becoming more and more rare), the best bet would probably be to order a print from the museum which housed the painting. This is, by no means, a guarantee of accuracy, but one could assume that the closer the printer is to the original painting, somebody is making the necessary adjustments.

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