Copy of Rembrandt van Rijn’s  “Self Portrait”

Copy of Rembrandt van Rijn’s “Self Portrait”

Sarah Bentley

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Like many other people in this world, Sarah Bentley spent much of her childhood drawing with the usual crayons and markers. Only, as she grew up, she traded her non-toxic Crayola for oil paints; while her friends went into model UN, she went to the Corcoran’s classes for children. While Sarah showed talent for visual arts, talent only carries someone so far. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, with her BFA with honors in 2009 she strove to improve her draftsman skills and thus went to the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, an atelier that only teaches the technical skills passed down throughout the centuries. Having completed the program, Sarah returned to the DC metro area. She began copying at the National Gallery of Art in 2017, drawn to copying paintings as she furthers her education and skills. She has found that copying from the old masters allows her to examine the surface of the paintings, the texture of the paint itself. While being allowed to copy is an honor, Sarah feels as though copying the works from the NGA allows her to have a conversation with the painters who have come before her, further continuing her education as an emerging artist.