If you would like a very high quality reproduction made, using the old 17th century painting techniques, then I as an artist can do this for you. Creating a good reproduction is certainly no simple matter, and it demands the necessary preparation, study and time. A master reproduction of a famous painter such as Rembrandt will certainly be a jewel on your wall and will therefore draw the necessary attention. The reproductions of old masters that I make are of museum quality and are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. This is what a high quality reproduction should be.
But what is a good reproduction?
Of course, a hand painted reproduction of an old masterpiece will never be exactly the same as the original of a famous painter, because the painter has his own ‘touch’ and the old works are usually restored and contain craquelure. I am no Rembrandt or Hals, but I can approach their painting style very closely. A high quality reproduction must have the same allure as the original and should certainly not come across as kitsch or garish. Little or no knowledge of materials and techniques are often the cause of this.
The effects achieved in for example the 17th century were obtained by means of a totally different method of painting than is commonly employed nowadays. These old techniques were no longer being taught and seemed to have been forgotten by the end of the 19th century. For years, I have immersed myself in precisely these techniques and materials. So this is real craftsmanship, whereby I as a classical artist also master these 17th century painting techniques down to the minutest details. That delivers good reproductions.
Quick copies are produced at several places in the world. However, in particular when copies of old masters are concerned, these cannot usually be compared with the original paintings. You can see that they have been made quickly and that they are cheap. So these are not good reproductions.