Day 78 : going Dutch


Dutch paintings in the 17th century illustrated typical middle class or peasant family life. Realistic landscapes, townscapes, portraits, still life, and flowers were common subject matter. Since religious paintings were not allowed in churches, not a lot was produced other than for private homes.

Our post is very timely given the below. We picked Vermeer and Rembrandt to draw before this story came out.

(CNN) — The FBI said Monday it believes it knows who was behind one of the most significant art heists in the United States — the 1990 theft of 13 precious works, once valued at $500 million, from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

More on the story here:

There was a Vermeer and Rembrandt among the 13 works stolen in 1990.

Sandy: My pastel rendering of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring does not do the painting justice. I botched the most important part, the earring. Because pastels are a little clunky, I was afraid the earring wouldn’t be seen. It ended up being 150% larger. Today I’m going to the de Young Museum to see the actual painting and other Dutch masters’ work. 

Kelly: Rembrandt was his FIRST name…. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn was left handed. I found it hard to draw (and be motivated to concentrate) when you don’t particularly like the art/style you are trying to copy… Rembrandt’s paintings were all similar and dark… I had never seen Bathsheba but I liked the title. My drawing REALLY doesn’t look like the original so I had to include it. (Sandy’s is really good!)

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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