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Lovers in Santa Croce

Oil on Canvas – 75cm x 100cm – Private Collection – ©2005, Matthew Bates, All Rights Reserved

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firenze, italy, love, lovers, oil, original, prints

1970, Washington, DC

I was born into an artistic family, in a place for politics. I got out soon after my 18th birthday and moved to California, there a teacher sent me on a quest to Florence, Italy, where I fell in love with all things Italian. That was in 1990, I have been here ever since.

I paint in the style of Magic Realism, my own style, based on realistic subjects, where I tweak the dimensions to add time and space, accentuating colors and details.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 7 years ago

    Lovers, what lovers? Oh, there they are. I was too busy looking at the buildings.
    Only joking, nice shot …

  • Matthew  Bates
    Matthew Batesalmost 7 years ago

    Ciao Tom G, This is a painting, not a photo, thanks for your comment! :)

  • kcranmer
    kcranmeralmost 7 years ago

    Wow…that is the most realistic oil painting I’ve ever seen, amazing!

  • Matthew  Bates
    Matthew Batesalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks again kcranmer, if you like my paintings check out my site,

  • wandalechene
    wandalechenealmost 7 years ago

    romantic beautiful capture great work.
    p.s no need to use reply button.
    also thank you for sharing your beautiful work with everyone.

  • Simon Mears
    Simon Mearsalmost 7 years ago

    unbelievable. i was looking at it for a couple of minutes.. as a photo. then i saw the comments, and looked again.. and again. and a bit closer.. totally out of the ordinary Matthew. and thanks for that little journey..

  • Thank you Simon, I get that a lot, people think that it’s photography, and then they look again. The paintings are intricate journeys where I learn everything that there is to know about that place and time, at least as much as I can. It is a journey of patience, with a definite point of arrival. Check out my website, " ": to get a better sense of my portfolio.

    – Matthew Bates

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harrisalmost 7 years ago

    what a quality painting (takes another look)… amazing!

  • Bernadette Burke
    Bernadette Burkealmost 7 years ago

    Brilliant, wish i had a piece like this!

  • jerry  alcantara
    jerry alcantaraover 6 years ago

    molto bella amico bravo!

  • Carole Russell
    Carole Russellover 6 years ago

    This is unbelievably good

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