Gaetano Gandolfi was an Italian artist, a painter, etcher and a sculptor He was born in August 31st 1734 and died in June, 1802. He was a student of the academy of Accademia Clementina near Bologna city in Italy. He was a successful artist, whose oeuvre includes about 220 paintings, sculptures, etchings, and a huge number of drawings.
I like this painting of Gaetano, because the body of the men looks so real. Gaetano applied the right colors for the skin color. Every muscle is well emphasized, it is even possible to the veins. I also like how he applied the light and the shadows on the body exactly where they should be, this therefore know that the men was under a bright light.