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November 2005

Gloria DeArcangelis’s Kala

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(6):433. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.6.433

Gloria DeArcangelis creates figurative works in which the lighting displays a Renaissance quality, yet her paintings are very contemporary. Using chiaroscuro techniques, she works to define form through light and dark. The contrast between the smooth techniques and the work’s emotional complexity defines her painting. About this painting, she states:

I met Kala through her sister, who has modeled for me often. Her face reminded me of faces seen in Flemish paintings of the 15th century. I am very moved by the intensely realistic work of Jan Van Eyck, Roger Van Der Weyden, and Hans Memling. Taking my inspiration from them, I posed Kala in profile and lit her with a soft light coming from above.Article