Copying the Masters
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Ever since the museum opened its treasures to public view in November 1793, it has allowed, even encouraged, artists to hone their skills by copying the masterpieces in its collections.  Thousands have done so, including great classical painters from Turner to Ingres, Impressionists from Manet to Degas, and modernists like Chagall and Giacometti.  "You have to copy and recopy the masters," Degas insisted, "and it's only after having proved oneself as a good copyist that you can reasonably try to do a still life of a radish."
Smithsonian, October 2002  Joseph A. Harriss
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