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Vermeer was adept at emulating other artists' techniques and styles, a characteristic that may account for the range of styles evident in his early biblical and mythological paintings. Here, however, he has given the saint a more physical presence than that seen in the Italian prototype. His colors are also more vivid and his mixtures of paint more complex. For example, to suggest the luminous sheen of Saint Praxedis's raspberry-colored dress he has subtly applied a thin
red glaze over a white underpaint.

Excerpt taken from Vermeer : The Complete Works
by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr

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