|Self portrait, 1776|
By utilising techniques including infrared imagine and x-ray, the curators of the exhibition have been able to peer behind the pigment to see how these iconic works of art were developed and, telling, how Reynolds refined and finessed his work throughout the process. Famed portraits reveal tantalising glimpses of other paintings beneath, which Reynolds has painted over, or that what have become celebrated works of art once looked cry different, sometimes down to something as small as the position of the subject's arm!
|Kitty Fisher and Parrot, 1763/4|
By taking the visitor on a journey through Reynolds's processes, we are able to see the deterioration of pigment and better understand the sometimes subtle differences it can make to a painting that was once vibrant, as well as learn something of the conservation techniques employed to halt any further deterioration. Paintings including the portrait of Nelly O'Brien can be viewed in breathtaking close-up, the brushstrokes placed there by Reynolds visible today, a truly amazing experience for a fan like me!
|Miss Jane Bowles, 1775|
If you are able to get along to the exhibition before it closes, I heartily recommend that you do so, it is a revelation and a lovely oasis of the 18th century in the heart of the city.
Find out more at http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/exhibition/114
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