Two very old masters

Why not aim high? Rembrant and Botticelli. Impossible to emulate, but you do see so much more when you are trying to copy them. The fall of light over Venus’s hair is just extraordinary, but you don’t really notice it when you just look at the picture. His grasp of female anatomy is very suspect. You can’t help wondering if he had ever actually seen a live, naked woman. Rembrant always looks just a dark mess at a glance, but it isn’t.

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