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Insrpired by my kitten falling off a downstairs window ledge when she was trying to get in, this Netherlandish-style portrait of Romy the kitten as an Elizabethan harlequin jester shows the mischievous nature of kittenhood.

Using largely single pigment oils on Italian poplar panel, she is painted using the techniques employed by the Flemish masters, Memling, Campin, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck et al in the renaissance at the beginning of the 15th century, some of whom had died years before Leonardo da Vinci was even born. These techniques produce superior colours to normal modern techniques but their use means that such paintings take a long time to produce - this one, with its colours and meticulous attention to detail took over five months to complete.

Lit from our left, she wears a halequin costume with buttons made from gold, rubies, sapphires and emeralds and is complete with a hat with golden bells on it - each with a miniature of the scene as viewed from its perspective. In her right hand she holds a jester toy, a small cat with a similar gold-belled hat on a violet and white diamond pattern stick with a gold bell on the end. Her ruff and cuffs have gold at the edges and she sits on a violet and gold brocade cushion.

Materials used:

Oils on Italian Poplar panel

Romy the Jester (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Paul Grosse from United Kingdom

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