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  • additional view of artwork by Paul Grosse
  • additional view of artwork by Paul Grosse
  • additional view of artwork by Paul Grosse
  • additional view of artwork by Paul Grosse

Romy the Elizabethan Jester


United Kingdom

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Size: 15.7 H x 11.8 W x 0.3 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Wood.

Insrpired by my kitten falling off a downstairs window ledge when she was trying to get in, this Netherlandish-style portrait of Romy the kitten as an Elizabethan harlequin jester shows the mischievous nature of kittenhood.

Using largely single pigment oils on Italian poplar panel, she is painted using the techniques employed by the Flemish masters, Memling, Campin, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck et al in the renaissance at the beginning of the 15th century, some of whom had died years before Leonardo da Vinci was even born. These techniques, up to a dozen layers of glazing and the meticulous attention to detail mean that it takes a long time to complete a painting - in this case it took around five months to complete.

Lit from our left, she wears a halequin costume with buttons made from gold, rubies, sapphires and emeralds and is complete with a hat with golden bells on it - each with a miniature of the scene as viewed from its perspective. In her right hand she holds a jester toy, a small cat with a similar gold-belled hat on a violet and white diamond pattern stick with a gold bell on the end. Her ruff and cuffs have gold at the edges and she sits on a violet and gold brocade cushion.

Keywords: Elizabethan, ruff, latin, flemish, cat, Netherlandish, gold, Coat of Arms, harlequin, jester, master

Subjects: Cats

Styles: Photorealism, Surrealism, Portraiture, Fine Art, Realism

Mediums: Oil

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