Visions of Another Continent

– The Artist’s Inspiration –

by Fernando Paramio

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The artist’s inspiration

Description:

The point of view of this fabulous sculpture of Velazquez, created by Aniceto Marinas in 1899 and located next to the Prado Museum, permits to appreciate two relevant traits of the genius painter: his artistic facet as well as his knightly and courageous one. These two attributes, his adventurous spirit and sensitivity, help form this artwork. Velazquez appears surrounded by four rainbow lorikeets from the Australian subtropical forests, with an outfit that emulates their colors.

This piece represents a reciprocal relationship: on the one hand, these flashy birds seem to be the whimsical occurrence of a brilliant painter (observe the tip of the brush, which shows the colors that make up the parrots); and on the other hand, the painter’s clothing appears tinged with the same tones of the birds, as if it was the beauty of nature which causes for the first time the sensitivity love art or to become an artist.

 

Significance of the artwork:

The Artist’s Inspiration reminds us that it is not only important to cultivate our artistic sensitivity and to protect the environment; it is also a need to be brave, to have courage throughout our lives.

Editions 

Media selection (paper finish)

Matte – artist’s recommendation (Edition Etching)

I find it very difficult to decide what paper finish prefers for this artwork. There is something intangible that I “artsolutely” love about the matte version. However, the satin finish is also very pleasing.

Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310gsm, a slightly textured matte paper, will provide a subtle pictorial appearance, more poetic, in line with the artwork look and story.

Satin – optionally (Baryta & Platine)

This artwork also looks amazing using satin paper, which provides a more photorealistic appearance. If you prefer a more literal look, with deeper blacks and higher contrast, and you are not a fan of matte papers, then go for this option. Just be aware that this paper has some reflections and it will be more important to control the lighting of the room. I will use Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag (Palace edition) and Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique (rest of editions)

Technical info

Year

End of creation: 2018

Location

Brisbane – Australia

Prado Museum – Madrid – Spain

Main gear

Canon EOS 5Ds-R & 5D mark III

Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

 

Print relevant info

Printed by the author using his own printer (total quality control)

Printer: Canon Imageprograf PRO-6000 (outstanding quality)

Inks: original Lucio PRO inks (12 pigmented inks)

Museum quality paper (norm 9706; long-lasting properties)

Canson Infinity Platinum Fibre Rag 310 g/m2 (Palace Edition)

Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310 g/m2 (rest of editions)

Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 310 g/m2 (matte) also available

White margin for signing and numbering (information below) 

With certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered

Scale, dimensions & margins

A3 Edition

Total size: 29.7 x 42 cm – 11.7×16.5″

Image size: 24 x 36 cm – 9.4 x 14.2″

White margin: 2.85 x 3.0 cm – 1.1 x 1.2″

A2 Edition

Total size: 42 x 59.4 cm – 16.5 x 23.4″

Image size: 34 x 51 cm – 13.4 x 20.1″

White margin: 4 x 4.2 cm – 1.6 x 1.7″

Gallery Edition

Total size: 74 x 111.8 cm – 29.1 x 44″

Image size: 66.7 x 100 cm – 26.3 x 39.4″

White margin: 3.7 x 5.9 cm – 1.5 x 2.3″

Museum Edition

Total size: 111.8×167.7cm – 44×66″

Image size: 100x150cm – 39.4×59.1″

White margin*: 5.8×8.85cm – 2.3×3.5″

Château Edition

Total size: 127.0 x 190.5 cm – 50 x 75″

Image size: 115 x 172.5 cm – 45.3 x 67.9″

White margin: 6 x 8.85 cm – 2.4 x 3.5″

Palace Edition

Total size: 152.4×228.6 cm – 60×90″

Image size: 140x210cm – 55.1 x 82.7″

*White margin*: 6.2×9.3cm – 2.4×3.7″

* A different white margin width is possible under request

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