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Studying The Masters To Find Creative Inspiration

Articles, How To Find Creative Inspiration

There is an age old methodology for learning, increasing technical skill and finding creative inspiration that has proven by its use that it can effectively stand the test of time and consistently achieve great results. That methodology is studying the masters. In this article, we will look at how you can use the process of studying the masters as a way to find creative inspiration.

Masters studies have been informing and teaching artists not only for centuries, but for at least a millennium. If you were to sit down and write out an exhaustive list of all of your favourite artists from any time period, you can be certain that at some point in their lives, they have studied a master and learned something from that study that has informed their own work.

A great tool that you can use to aid you in your master studying journey is Pinterest, you can even using Pinterest to create a board for old master study inspiration. I recently wrote an article explaining how to create inspiration boards and how to use Pinterest to find creative inspiration.

Back to the subject of studying the masters, this method of learning and finding inspiration truly is one of the most accessible, rewarding and enlightening processes you could possibly undertake.

Some of the points covered throughout this article will be:

  • The definition of studying the masters
  • The history of old master art studies
  • The master study community
  • Tools and equipment necessary
  • How to choose an old master to study
  • Where to find the works of masters for studying
  • 8 Steps to study the art of an old master artist
  • How studying the masters can inform your personal artwork
  • Where to find more creative inspiration

Master Study – Art History Roundup – June – Rubens – Leonardo da Vinci – Michelangelo

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– The main hubs are on Instagram and Facebook –

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YouTube Video Master Study – Leonardo da Vinci – Study of Two Warriors’ Heads

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The First Video Is Live!

So it’s the 21st of the month and that means one thing – YouTube video! This one is the first one I’ve done and therefore slightly rusty but the learning process has been immense, the software that I’ve decided to go with seems very promising as well.

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Leonardo da Vinci – Study of Two Warriors’ Heads

#MasterpieceMonday – Peter Paul Rubens – The Battle of Anghiari Copy – 1603

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So let’s begin the inspiration with a #MasterpieceMonday post – This particular artwork in its preparations and various copies of the original will be of special note for this month’s #StudyingTheMasters – also of note, this particular piece is a master study of a Leonardo da Vinci artwork by Rubens.

Peter Paul Rubens – The Battle of Anghiari Copy – 1603

‘The Battle of Anghiari’ by Peter Paul Rubens, is a copy of a fresco that was painted around 1503-06 by Leonardo da Vinci and although the fresco itself was never completed, it was also destroyed around 1560; some 43 years before Rubens made his copy.

Leonardo da Vinci had made a number of preparatory studies for the original painting that still exist and the central section of the composition is known through this copy by Rubens. Rubens’ copy was based on an engraving by Lorenzo Zacchia in 1553 based on the cartoon of Leonardo da Vinci.

Rubens was successful in portraying the intense fury, emotions and sense of power that was present in the original painting by Leonardo. There have also been similarities noted between this piece and The Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt painted by Ruben around 1616.


Join The #StudyingTheMasters Art Community!

Click the follow button to never miss a post and become a part of this great community where together we can study the works of the Old Masters and learn the skills and techniques that they used to portray the world around them.

– The main hubs are on Instagram and Facebook

Links –

Instagram – @StudyingTheMasters

Facebook Group – Studying The Masters

Blog – Studying The Masters