The old art masters are alive, well and reproducing.
Copies of the great works of artists from the Italian Renaissance to the Impressionists will once again appear at Luzerne County Community College’s Schulman Gallery, beginning this evening.
The Mastering the Old Masters exhibit is all about reproductions, by students, former students, faculty, graduates and local artists, of those great paintings and other art from those periods.
The exhibit, now in its 13th year, runs through Nov. 28. It opens with a reception from 6 to 8 tonight in the gallery, on the second floor of the Campus Center.
“We actually are covering the great Italian Renaissance, the Dutch masters; we really come all the way up to Impressionism,” Schulman Gallery curator Alison Schmidt Carson said.
She said that covers the period from the early 1500s to the late 1800s, which includes artists such as Rembrandt and Cezanne.
“We have some incredible copies of DaVinci’s work, van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Schmidt Carson added.
She said someone asked if the copy of “Starry Night” was of van Gogh’s original. But local artist Waltraut Piontkowski painted that reproduction.
“They’re really trying to replicate what the original masters did,” she said.
Most of the nearly 55 artworks in the exhibit are paintings, but there also are two drawings and an etching.
“Not many people know the old masters were into printing,” Schmidt Carson said.
Former LCCC student Gavin Blackburn produced a print of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s 1870 metal-plate etching of Speke Hall, in Liverpool, England.
Schmidt Carson said one of the best things about the exhibition is the purchase price of oil paintings is reasonable, especially for art that looks like the original work of great artists.
“It really is a wonderful opportunity to see work so close to the original,” she said.