Monday, January 31, 2011
Carracci? Which one?
So I'm taking this figure drawing class that is taught by a guy that has been studying the 15th - 18th century masters. I think that I will learn quite a bit. The first assignment was to copy an old master using a grid, which raised my eyebrows a bit, but it was a very useful exercise. The point of the grid was not to enable me to make an exact copy, it was to slow me down, get me to focus on the tiny details, and starting asking why they did what they did. Here's my first drawing, a copy of a sketch by Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) a vital force in the creation of the Baroque style. Together with his cousin Ludovico (1555–1619) and his older brother Agostino (1557–1602)—each an outstanding artist—Annibale set out to transform Italian painting. The Carracci rejected the artificiality of Mannerist painting, championing a return to nature coupled with the study of the great northern Italian painters of the Renaissance, especially Correggio,Titian, and Veronese.
Next week is a Raphael sketch.
On the way home I did a few sketches on the Metro which I'll post next.