The Quirks of Inspiration 2
Pictured below is one of my works from 2012, "Drawing 115". I felt at the time, that there was a Michelangelo-esque feel to the pose. Something about the angle of the head and the focus on the neck muscles, was clearly inspired by his work, but I forgot about it soon afterward.
"Drawing 115", graphite on paper, 9" x 12", 2012
Fast forward to just the other day, and I am looking through the book "Michelangelo" from the Taschen series. There I found the following drawing - one that I remember studying very closely when I first picked up the book:
Some sources say this is a study for the Virgin Mary from Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo" painting and some say it is a study (later reversed) of Jonah from the Sistine Chapel. The Taschen book says both could be true as he often used the same study for both male and female finished paintings.
Jonah from the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Of course, the pose is also reminiscent of his "Dying Slave" sculpture and several other figures from the Sistine Chapel ceiling and "Last Judgement" as well.
Check out my first "The Quirks of Inspiration" post as well.
4/20/2013 01:01:35 pm
Classic (and explorative) figure work ALWAYS feels contemporary.
4/21/2013 06:41:33 am
Bill, I couldn't agree with you more!
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