oil painting reproductions of OLD Masters
Oil painting reproductions are paintings created by copying in oils an original oil painting by a master. They are distinct from the original to reflect the taste of the artist, or, when commissioned, the preference of the collector.
The practice of oil painting reproduction dates back to the 16th century, when students of the old masters learned how to paint by working in the style of their teachers. This process of copying their master’s work would enable students to practice a skilled mode of painting before developing their own style. Many famous artists employed this practice, such as Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci, who was an apprentice under the master sculptor and painter Andrea Del Verrocchio.