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Custom Italian Profile Portraits


If you’ve ever visited central Italy, then I’m sure you’ve been to the Duomo in Orvieto.  If you haven’t, you should!  It has some of the most beautiful painted Renaissance chapels in Italy which have been cleaned in recent years.  You can find such masters as Gentile da Fabriano, Ugolino, Beato Angelico just to name a few.

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I went there recently one morning to accompany friends and as I was slowly walking along the side of the central nave and admiring the beauty of it, I noticed these little square paintings on a decorated wall and border.  They were small portraits of patrons who had comissioned the work of a side chapel.  They were simple and beautifully done using the ‘grisaille’ technique which consists in a painting of a figure painted in grey or neutral tones so as to imitate sculpture and had a gold leaf backgroud that shone warmly.  The profile view which was favored in ancient coins was also frequently used in the 15th century Renaissance Italy.  It struck me that these would make lovely contemporary portraits to paint for weddings, anniversaries, grandparents day, father’s & mother’s day or birthdays.

So I quickly took out my camera and snaped a photo, went home and drew out my first prototypes and voila: my Custom Profile Portraits for Couples!  Do you like this couple portrait painting idea?  You can order yours in time for the holidays HERE.

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Read below to find out HOW THESE PORTRAITS ARE DONE:
– I carefully draw your portrait onto a finely prepared Italian canvas board.
– Your portrait is painted using the “grisaille” technique (a technique executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour.)
– Once dry, I apply a yellow ochre acrylic background and let dry. Afterwards the gilding glue and let dry, then eventually the faux gold leaf.
– Once the entire painting is dry, I protect it by brushing it over with natural lacquer which seals the surface making it easy to clean and gives it a semi-matte finish.
Total production & drying time: 1 week.  Shipping time from Italy 5-10 working days.

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