In 1652 Bernini finished his work on bust of Francesco I d’Este, Duke of Modena – an artloving ruler of Modena and Reggio nell’Emilia. This portrait in marble which stands for what is considered (with the bust of French Sun King Louis XIV by the above mentioned sculptor) as an example and standard for monarchical portraiture in Europe for nearly two centuries to come.
Portrayed in rose and light blue on dark background, my painting hasn’t got much to do with magnificent but sobber portrait of the Duke by Diego Velasquez – let’s say that this is rather an Made-in-Japan-like representation of this grandious baroque piece of art not focusing on the personality of the ruler: something that represent the un-importance of being Franceso.

Michal Korman: Francesco, oil on canvas 80x100 cm, Paris 2012
Michal Korman: Francesco, oil on canvas 80×100 cm, Paris 2012






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