It seems like I was having a Spanish painting night since I couldn't resist sketching a Velazquez painting. This is a detail of his Supper at Emmaus, a piece that according to the curators was influenced by the style of Caravaggio. Maybe that's why I like it so much.
Once again I was hypnotized by another Spanish painting. I had made a post of this back in July and on that same month I showed a quick sketch of this painting. Last night I went back to the same sketch and re-worked it with pen as I stood in front of the work. I couldn't help it since the curators at the Met decided to keep this painting out of storage since then. Very good move by them since this painting is incredible. I don't know who Juan de Valdes Leal is, but he's alright in my book! My visit to the museum did not end in the Spanish Painting galleries, I made my way through the new European galleries they had closed for renovations many months ago. Got to see more work that has been in storage...that's always very exciting! I also got to see the show Americans in Paris, a very good show about American painters who were drawn to the art scene of Paris during the Impressionist era. I will try to visit the show again and show some images of it next week since this is the last stop after traveling from London and Boston. After this visit I came home and got to work on a portrait I've been working since the summer of 2005! I'm planning on finishing it this week. Wish me luck!