In 2006, Turner’s painting of Venice called Giudecca, La Donna della Salute smashed records at auction for the highest painting ever sold by a British artist and was bought for £20.5 Million thereby succeeding Constable’s painting ‘The Lock’, which sold for £12.5 Million in 1990. Well, the buzz is back this year as Turner’s Campo Vaccino is set to be sold at Sotheby’s London on July 7th 2010.
Painted in 1839, Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino is actually Turner’s final painting of Rome and is indeed a monumental work, measuring 90.2cm x 122cm. It brings together all of the studies that he made during his two visits to the Italian capital. Looking at this breath taking painting, I can certainly see what the fuss is all about.
Turner's Campo Vaccino
If you would like to see it in the flesh, it will be on view at Sotheby’s London from June 4th – 7th & July 3rd – 7th. If you would like to buy a fine art reproduction of it, please visit our Turner page here.
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Would you like to buy a fine art reproduction oil painting of Turner’s Campo Vaccino?
Please visit the Turner Online Gallery
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So, You want an aged oil painting!
When we do art reproductions, especially for period houses, we are often asked to make sure that the paintings look like they were painted centuries ago. I remember we were once asked to paint Vermeer’s A Girl with a Pearl Earring but to do so in such a way that the whole painting had to have a “cracked effect” (craquelure). I’ve attached the photo to show you exactly what I mean. The customer loved it, and if that’s what you’re after, it’s very easy to do but personally I think it looks a bit contrived, so we’ve steered away from this technique.
Girl with a Pearl Earring using the Craquelure technique
What do we do now then? Well, we use an art restorer here in London and the results are really fantastic. The oil painting has to be completely dry and this takes 6 months. So patience is definitely a virtue but it’s worth the wait. Once dry, amongst other things, the restorer mixes varnish with a brown paint, usually Van Dyke Brown and brushes it onto the painting. We can do this for you (if you want us to hold onto your painting until it is absolutely dry), but alternatively you could just take your painting to an art restorer yourself once it’s dry. It’s not expensive and your oil painting will look FABULOUS!
Detail of oil painting by Fabulous Masterpieces. Painted in 2010 but looks centuries old!
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