Inspired by the Titian's Venus of Urbino, this is my first attempt on tacking of the works of the great masters. It's both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. Frustrating because it makes you feel as a mere apprentice, dwarfed by the greatness of such master pieces and their creators. But is also exhilarating because you feel a connection with them. You have to study the original work patiently to see how and why it works so well. And the more you learn, the more you appreciate the work and the master.
From studying the Venus of Urbino, one can see that the painting is almost divided into two planes, the venus in the front ground, laying on the bed, and in the background, the child and maid in a room looking into a chest. From this, I tried to emphasize this division, by creating two areas, one black and white, and one colourful. Here I have collapsed the volumetric perspective of the original work by using flat colours. But if they are separated by colours, both areas talk to each other by the use of strong diagonal and straight lines, alluding to the perspective used by Titian.
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