“Mars Resting, after Velázquez”, 28″ x 16″, oil on panel
I’m working on another challenging figure study, this one by Diego Velázquez: “Mars Resting”, 1640, oil on canvas, located in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. The original is 70″ x 37″, and mine is a more modest 28″ x 16″ (the largest I can fit on my portable easel).
What I’m aiming to do in my version is to restore the painting to its original colours using pigments from the era (like lapis lazuli for ultramarine blue). Sections of the red cloth in the light, for example, have faded dramatically in the original leaving a pale, pink haze. There is a special glazing technique I’m applying to bring the reds back to their brilliance. I describe it further down this page.
Below is my copy, in its current state (Feb 9, 2019) placed next to the original.