BIG, BIG THROWBACK!
Yesterday I was privileged to visit the Phoenix Art Museum where they have on display 26 of Michelangelo's drawings - they refer to them as "sacred and profane", as some have to do with religious themes and others with mythology, architecture and even weaponry. What a thrill to be nose to nose with Michelangelo!
We learned that he worked with black ink made from what is called oak gall, and that it has faded to brown over time. Also he used black and reddish charcoal for shading and white chalk for highlighting. (hello Renaissance tiles) In the drawing below, you can faintly see that originally Mary's face was looking down towards her child, but he changed the image to show her gazing away as if pondering the future.
|A Madonna and Child Image|
|Study for Leda and the Swan - the model was male, as were all artists' models then|
(The final painting was stolen so the only way we know what it)looked like is from a recreation of it by Rubens, I believe.
|Study for a Pieta|
|Plans for a library of sacred texts|
|Battlement Plans - so effective, the enemy gave up and went home without fighting!|
At the museum, we had lunch in a little room with very interesting walls, fellow tanglers. It appears to me as if the large round orbs were done by an artist, and then a group of children were given black markers and set free to add their own work. I can tell that some of these young artists were very familiar with Zentangle, since familiar patterns pop up here and there. Check out the Paradox in the right side of this first photo and the Printemps ice cream cone in the third one. This was so fun!
DIVA CHALLENGE #251 - MOEBIUS SYNDROME AWARENESS
It's that time again, when we create Zentangle images and Zentangle Inspired Art to highlight awareness of the syndrome with which Laura Harm's son was born. Laura has been a tireless advocate of research and treatment for this syndrome, and we honor her efforts this week. Last year, I made a rare foray into the land of color when I used a purple wash to highlight my design. This year - well, it's a whole new world of color out there! We have gems, and I'm totally hooked! I can do this! So here is my entry for the challenge this week. I used a Renaissance tile (hello, Michelangelo!) with black ink, white chalk pencil and colored pencil for the gems.
So, Gentle Readers, that is all I have for this week. I have been working on a larger project, which I will unveil in good time. I have been following what our friends on Facebook and on the Mosaic app are doing, and it is all inspiring. I have no special throwback challenge for you, but hope that you will reflect on the artistry of those who have gone before and who have depicted the world in ways that for us seem obvious, but for them were revolutionary. Make your own artistic revolution!
Thank you for stopping by, and know that I cherish all your visits and your comments.