Master Drawing Mondays: Week 12

Tête de satyre by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Since I have Paris on my mind, here is a fascinating portrait by Michelangelo found in the Louvre’s collection. Michelangelo used brown ink for this drawing. #masterdrawingmonday

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 11

A Kneeling Man Holding a Staff by Jacopo Tintoretto. I love the movement and freshness of Tintoretto’s drawings. I was not overly familiar with this Venetian master until 2018, when I saw a big exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. #masterdrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 10

This lovely study of anatomy by Domenico Beccafumi shows us so much into the mind of the Renaissance artist. By the 16th-century, artists were years away from the Medieval model of painting the spiritual. #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 9

This 16th-century Italian drawing by a follower of Francesco Salviati of “Christ Falling under the Cross”
was created using pen and brown ink with gray-brown wash and black chalk, heightened with white gouache on brown laid paper. It is the perfect subject matter for Lent, a season when Christians prepare for Easter. One of the spiritual exercises that many Christians do during Lent is walk the Stations of the Cross. #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 8

This Study of a Female Nude is by relatively unknown 16th-century Sienese painter by the name of Alessandro Casolani. What I love about it is that it reminds me of the figure drawings that we did in Richard Serrin’s class back in the 1990s. This tradition of drawing the figure from life connects artists through the centuries. #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Grotesques

This week’s challenge is something new: find a grotesque to copy! There are many wonderful examples by Leonardo da Vinci, Francesco Melzi, and Honoré Daumier especially. If you want to take it a step further, see if you can draw your own grotesque. I’m eager to see what wonderfully horrible things you come up with! #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 6

François Boucher’s “Danae Receiving the Golden Shower” is a gorgeous figure study to copy. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring out the red, white, and black chalk! I will be using conté crayons. #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 5

This is a tender portrait by Leonardo da Vinci is one of my favorites. Supposedly this study was done in preparation for the ‘Madone Litta,’ now hanging at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. #MasterDrawingMondays

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Master Drawing Mondays: Week 2

Master Drawing Mondays: Week 2. Gustave Caillebotte’s Self-Portrait with a Hat. Gustave Caillebotte is one of my favorite French artists and I love the idea of getting to spend a little time with him while working on this drawing.

Caillebotte drew this self-portrait with graphite on off-white, medium-weight, moderately textured paper. #Masterdrawingmondays

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