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The Reproduction of Art Masterpieces

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  The reproduction of art is a beautiful way for museums and           galleries to show off fantastic images created by master painters worldwide.  This can all be done without having to continuously ship pieces from building to building or across the sea and land. 

Duplicating masterpieces takes a great deal of time, equipment, and of course, an extraordinary person with impeccable painting skills.  Each artist is chosen from throngs of applicants based on their skill level and portfolios.  Which pieces they get to work with depends on their specific area of expertise.  A painters’ subject zone is more or less determined by which era or moment they best succeed and excel above others in.  These eras include, but are not limited to, the Renaissance Eras (Early, High, and Northern), the Baroque Movement, the Rococo Movement, Mannerism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Mythological Paintings, Figurative Art, Art Nouveau, Orientalism, the Realist or Naturalist Movement, and the Victorian Neoclassicism. 

Before a copied masterpiece reaches finality, a painter, like one mentioned above, will face the pain staking task of mimicking each stroke of the original magnum opus.  Their thorough and meticulous accuracy is what makes these paintings become more than just a copy print.  This reproduction art is only created through their detailed precision. 

The reproduction of art is a long, tedious process that has five main steps.  The first step is to start with a sketch, slowly adding in the finer details, and following through by introducing colors.  The next steps are debatably the hardest; putting in the texturing and finishing up with the highlighting.  Sometimes an extra step is added when making a print look more like its original masterpiece.  That step is called aging.  If the initial model has become crackled and weather worn, there is a technique that these painters can use to help “age” a duplicate.  This is to match its earliest counterpart.  This technique not only helps to make the second piece look more like the first, but also adds a noble, more authentic and charming appeal to it. 

There are more pieces of reproduction art out there than most could possibly imagine.  These facsimiles are everywhere.  They are found in museums and galleries worldwide.  Countries like France, Germany, The United States, Spain and Canada have many such pieces.  Some of the replicated masterworks contain pieces by William Bouguereau, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Vincent Van Gogh, Martin Johnson Heade, John William Waterhouse, Canaletto and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.  Some of the more famous works include L’Amour et Psyche, enfantes (Cupid and Psyche as Children), Starry Night, Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, The Water Lily Pond and many more.  Reproduction art is a very widely used technique for bringing some of the most beautiful of the classics to public view. 

So head to a local gallery and see just what these masters have strived so hard to make available to everyone.  Be transported from that little museum across the oceans to the places of the masterpieces’ origin.  Feel what the masters felt and try understanding just how much thought and feeling went into creating each brilliant piece of beauty.


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