Traditional and Modern Techniques of Copying Oil Paintings

Author: Anastasiia Berezina
Mentor: Anna Kornilova, PhD, Professor

Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, (Russia)
Study programme: Theory and history of architecture, restoration and reconstruction of historical-architectural heritage
Specialization: Restoration of oil paintings (3rd year of study (post-graduate)

Making a copy of a painting from a museum is a difficult task, but creating a reproduction of a masterpiece that no longer exists is an entirely different issue. The author uses her first-hand experience taking "Flora" by Francesco Melzi from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg to demonstrate a traditional method of making a copy from the original. For the modern approach, the stolen Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo and then disappeared Caravaggio's "Nativity with Saint Lawrence and Saint Francis of Assisi" is taken as an example. It is a re-creation made by Factum Foundation, whose purpose is to construct a bridge between new digital technology and craft skills.

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Short biography

ANASTASIIA BEREZINA is practicing painter-restorer working in Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design as a professor and in the private workshop of A. Osetrov. She is a Master of Restoration, with specialization in oil paintings. Anastasiia studied for six months in France. She took part in several big restoration projects in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.