When I started to copy this painting it surprised me the huge ammount of middle tones it has, a lot of grey areas with a little amount of certain color: red, orange, green, according to the object they were depictings but always as a secondary, soft note in the overall tone. There is barely any strong, pure note of color, but most of the brushstrokes are used to place these softened areas that, for sure, help the author to describe the luminic atmosphere of the image, with to the iewer, however, ends showing a green robe, a pink skin, a green forest, a dark hair.
Copying was crucial to the learning process in the painter's workshop. But also, as part of a dialogue with the past. And yes, copying is a dialogue. Is following an artist in the footsteps of every action taken to accomplish certain artwork. It is an enquiry, it is an interview, it is a critique. Why to put that color in that place? Why to make the eyes like that?, and then , as painting progresses, find the answers. I will post some of the copies I am doing as training.