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The wrapping Italian horizon has been moved to the level of the Low Countries. The model is surrounded by cloudy skies, which in their full Dutch scope, give a spiritualized dimension. The landscape has been immersed in an estranged transparent atmosphere, like we can still contemplate from the towers in Tuscany nowadays. The work itself is best compared with the tempera art of painting, a method of painting in which pigments are mixed with an emulsion of water and egg yolk, used a lot in the Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth century, for both panel paintings and fresco. Tempera colors are bright and transparent, although there is little time to mix them because the paint dries really fast. Fluent transitions between colors are created by adding lighter and darker dots or lines to a dried up painted area.
It seems like an excursion through art history, sometimes chronological, sometimes suddenly leaping in time. Icons of our unconscious world, that carry my personal picture language. The portraits have been photographed with a great deal of consideration and they are automatically examined with much attention. The persons seem very lifelike, because I slightly make use of the sfumato technique among st other things, but also because they are extremely realistically photographed, with all the details of the genuine face, wrinkles not excluded. They seem like renaissance portraits, Bellini, Rafael, Holbein. But at the same time painters like Co Westerik or Pyke Koch come into memory.
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For Elizabeth Koning, there are no boundaries. For many years she lived and worked in Milan, Italy, then to London and then back to Milan again seeing a lot of the advertising world, the hotspots of northern Italy. After a while, she changed her job as a model, before the camera into organizing and managing a renowned Milanese model agency. Through the modeling agency, she came into contact with the fashion houses that had to sell their collections. At the same time, she worked for a fashion magazine as the assistant to the editor-in-chief. The worldly fashion scene, refined intellectual, artistic, developing taste, Italy has given her a deeper cultural awareness. But also, of course, the unrestrained happiness and hot parties on the islands, on the rooftops, the views, the panoramas and everywhere you went there was ancient art and new, refined taste.
After fifteen years, she returned to the Netherlands, looking with a refreshed view at the typical Dutch cultural scene. Elizabeth i