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 by Velazquez, created by Aniceto Marinas in 1899 and located next to the Prado Museum, allows us to appreciate two fundamental traits of the genius painter: his artistic facet as well as his knightly and courageous one, represented by his sword. These two attributes, his adventurous spirit and sensitivity, help shape this work, in which Velázquez is shown surrounded by 4 rainbow lorikeets from the subtropical forests of Australia, with an outfit that emulates their colors.

This piece represents a reciprocal relationship: on the one hand, these 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:

This work is about the importance of cultivating art, caring for nature, and having courage.

Editions 

Media selection (paper finish)

Satin – Baryta Photographique 310 g/m2 

To print this work I will use my favorite satin museum-quality paper: Baryta Photographique 310 gsm. It provides a photo-realistic appearance, giving veracity to the image scene. Ultrasmooth, deep blacks and high contrast.

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 Baryta Photographique 310 g/m2 

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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