Chinese Artists Learn from the Prado’s Grand Masters Reply

Chinese painters PradoIn February of 2013 a group of painters from the most prestigious fine-art schools in China visited the Prado Museum in Madrid with their easels, paints and brushes and were given the opportunity to copy the works of the museum’s grand masters. This is part of a project to acquaint China’s artists–and the society at large–with Western artistic traditions. The experience left them breathless. “Over the past 100 years, and especially since 1978, the Chinese have been a hurry to learn everything about the culture and art of the Western world,” says Chinese painter, Chen Danqin, “I am such a great admirer of Velázquez, but I never dreamed I would be able to come to Spain and stand face to face with one of his originals and actually copy it.” Yan Feiyun, another painter from the group, adds, “I can’t find words to describe it. The original work is so different from the reproductions.”

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Video courtesy of the Prado Museum

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