Caravaggio Copy (cont.)

I have reached a point in this painting where I’ve started to kick myself for the hasty drawing I did initially. Or more precisely, I’m kicking myself for not correcting that drawing. Errors in figure placement and proportion are pretty evident by now. Reluctantly, I resolve to work around these errors rather than take several steps backward to fix them. I talked myself into this position for a few reasons, most notably that this is not a master-copy painting; this is a trompe l’oeil painting (or, will be). A master-copy painting, in my opinion, should be done as faithfully as possible. This goes, of course, for the appearance of the thing but also for the technique. My painting, as you can see by the progress image below, is far from faithful on both accounts.

In a way, compromising as I have is kind of a blessing. While I’m still after the gist of Caravaggio’s picture, I’m moving the figures around a little and changing their poses a bit as needed. Blasphemous as this may seem, it helps me to overcome perhaps the greatest obstacle in my painting: its size. My painting is quite small. I mentioned previously that the original by Caravaggio is rather large; to be specific: Caravaggio’s painting measures 56.75 x 76.75 inches and the corresponding image in mine measures 8.25 x 11.25 inches. This means that moving something a couple inches in the original corresponds to a few millimeters in mine. For the sake of my sanity and the prospect of finishing this painting in a reasonable time-frame, I’m OK with these shortcuts.

That is… I’m OK with these shortcuts, with the condition that I make a faithful master-copy (with a measured drawing) at some point soon.

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