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If you're planning a trip to Milan, Last Supper tickets should be a top priority in your travel preparations. Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, and obtaining access to view it in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is tightly limited and controlled.

My article on visiting "The Last Supper" in Milan will provide you will what you need to know to plan a trip: historical details about Leonardo's work, how to obtain tickets in advance (and at th last minute) and resources to learn more about the painting before you go.
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Why copy another artist's work? It's a question I've heard a lot of times, and in fact is something I wondered myself when I first looked into taking an art workshop and learned we would be working on reproductions only. In fact, the teacher insisted no one could work on an original piece until they'd completed a satisfactory number of copies under his instruction. I've since learned there is indeed great value in completed reproductions, both in developing useful skills and in developing a deeper appreciation for the work of the great master artists of the past.

Read more in my look at Why Reproducing Art is an Important Learning Tool for Artists.
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My latest finished painting - a reproduction of Titian's "Venus Anadyomene"



If you'd like to read about the techniques and see a step-by-step how-to on this painting, check out my article "Using Grisaille and Glazing Techniques to Reproduce an Old Master Painting." (Note: There is an adult content splash page in place because it's well, nude art. Don't get me started on that, but still...)
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I'm often asked for more information on the underpainting technique I use in my artwork. Here is a brief introduction to the history of verdaccio and how to use it in modern oil painting.



Read more: "What is Verdaccio and How To Use It In Your Paintings."
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Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how I created a reproduction of Titian's "Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap."



Read more: Reproducing an Old Master Portrait Painting
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Lots of folks are familiar with this classical-style portrait I did of Stewart Copeland. Want to learn more about the techniques utilized in the painting process? Read my newest tutorial @ Squidoo.

Read more: "Paint a Portrait Like a Renaissance Old Master"
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Check out my step-by-step tutorial on how I created the following still life painting of two pears.



Read more: "Creating a Classical Still Life Oil Painting"
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This beautiful Baroque church is worth a visit for its amazing trompe l'oeil frescoes. Part of the Jesuit center of Rome, Sant'Ignazio is rich with historical significance and beautiful artwork.

Read more: "The Churches of Rome, Italy: Sant'Ignazio"
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A guide to visiting one of the Eternal City's most important churches. Religious relics and one of Michelangelo's most powerful sculptural works make San Pietro in Vincoli worth a visit.

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Old Master techniques allow for incredible realism and beauty in oil painting. This slideshow illustrates the methods I used to create a classical-style still life.



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Classical oil painting techniques can transform a modern photograph into a work of art. How I used a photo reference to create this Old Master-style painting.



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When visiting Rome, Italy, be sure to see these ten works of sculptural art. From ancient Roman marbles to famous works of Bernini and Michelangelo, they are some of the greatest artistic treasures of the Western world.

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