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The Story of the Painting
"For Gold, God and Glory" (Oil on Canvas, 70"x79")
is the Artist's own rendition of the Arrival of Christopher
Columbus and his crew in Americas.
There were several portraits of Columbus painted by various artists in the History of Art. and they all looked like the portraits of different people, because no artist knew exactly what Columbus really looked like. Igor Babailov created "his own" likeness of Christopher Columbus and based his depiction of features on the biographical description written by Columbus's son.
Igor Babailov used no models in his work, but set up a mirror with one source of light and posed to himself in the mirror to create facial expressions and hand / body positions for the subjects in his painting.
Preparation for the painting also involved historical research and investigation into the clothing and the fashion of that period.
Igor Babailov created this painting to honor all the great discoverers of the new worlds and all those before him who came to make this continent their home.
Historic Paintings by Igor Babailov
"For Gold, God and Glory"
( Oil on Canvas, 70" x 79" )