gemmy-woud-binnendijk-Portrait of a Young Girl

Portrait of a Young Girl

“Attracted to the light, which was used by painters of the golden age”, artist Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk “combines the Chiaroscuro principle and the technique of Sfumato to create depth using light and dark contrasts [and] aims for “soft and imperceptible transitions” through layering colors and tones”.

The inspiration for the image came from the Portrait of a young girl (1470) by Low Countries painter Petrus Christus. His oil painting on an oak panel is an exquisite example of the Northern Renaissance. We do not know who the girl is, but she seems very poised and elegant. One art historian wrote she is like “a polished pearl, almost opalescent, lying on a cushion of black velvet.”

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Photo © Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk
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