This here image is a drawing I made from a sketch by Raphael Sanzio entitled “Two Naked Figures Crouching under a Shield” which was drawn about 1512 during the Italian Renaissance. My copy was drawn during the Covid Pandemic. The original drawing is in the Royal Collection Trust in London. So if you want to see it, you have to be in the Royal Family or visit Windsor castle between 10am and 5pm (Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays). I had to visit their website to verify the hours. That just goes to show you how well researched my blog posts are. The copy I made is somewhere around here. I just have to remember where I put it. OK now I know where it is. If you want to see mine you can contact me and make an appointment. Mine is like the one by Raphael but not as important nor as finely drawn. It is newer though. Now let’s start some fancy art history learning. Here is some interesting information I found on the internet. Raphael was the second oldest of the brothers, but was often portrayed as the eldest. Raphael is usually shown with a red mask over one eye. Raphael carried a twin sai, the points were very sharp. He used this aas his main weapon. Raphael was known for being short-tempered, aggressive, sullen, and extremely rebellious. He was known to speak with a Brooklyn accent. His mask was red so it is possible that the color red represented anger. Raphael was always angry for some unknown reason. He believed he is one of a kind and therefore will always be alone. His nickname was Raph and he is one of the four main characters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and .. oh no I searched for the wrong Raphael, I’m so very sorry.
The next offering is a copy of a drawing by the Flemish master, Peter Paul Rubens. The original is in The British Museum. Not just any British Museum but THE British Museum. You know the one at the corner of Great Russell Street and Montague Place. It’s right next to the Arby’s. Rubens drew with black chalk added brown wash, and some white. It didn’t say what kind of brown wash or what kind of white. For my copy, I just used a pencil. A 6B I think. The ‘B’ means soft and the 6 is for the darkness. I’m almost positive I also used a 2H or I think 2B or may be not 2B that is the question. Moving on, the original drawing was or I should say still is, because I don’t think paper shrinks when it gets older is 527 millimeters tall and 370 millimeters wide. I drew mine on 9 inch by 12 inch paper. It would be very helpful to you the reader to stick with one unit of measurement. But then I would have to convert some of the measurements and even then you might not care anyway. So I’ll just leave it to you. I figure if you have enough free time and are so starved for entertainment that you are reading this blog then you probably might even stop and convert millimeters to inches and / or inches to millimeters. That was what would be considered a ‘run on’ sentence. It was also insulting to you the reader. I know you are an important person and your time is very valuable. You are also reading this post because you believe that I will discuss the great Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Here we go. Rubens was born on June 28, 1577 in Siegen, Westphalia. Where is Siegen? According to Wikipedia, Siegen is a city in Germany, in the southern part of Westphalian of the North Rhine - Westphalia. It is located in the district of Siegen – Wittgenstein in the Arnsberg region. That was an exhausting sentence. I think I’m going to call it a day.
At the start of the pandemic, I was bored I mean like really bored. I had a book of 100 old master drawings. So I thought I might try to copy all of the drawings in the book. I have been posting them on my instagram and twitter accounts with brief and often inaccurate descriptions. I am now going to post them on my blog with longer, much longer and perhaps more inaccurate descriptions. Enjoy!
Please note that a few of the drawings were so bad that I couldn’t bring myself to posting them.
Our first offering is a copy of a drawing by Jacopo da Pontormo. His name originally was Jacopo Carrucci, (May 24, 1494 – January 2, 1557, Florence). I can only assume he changed it so he wouldn’t be associated with his dimwitted family members. We can all relate.
He worked under Leonardo da Vinci and then joined Andrea del Sarto’s group of merry men. This is according to the writings of Giorgio Vasari. Most of what we know about Italian Renaissance artists, we learned from Giorgio Vasari. If Vasari was a pathological liar then the most of what we know about artists of the Italian Renaissance is totally wrong. But since inaccurate information is preferable to no information I will continue to paraphrase Vasari.
Da Pontormo painted mainly religious scenes because that were the money was. He also created work for the famous Medici family. He stole, I mean borrowed ideas from Albrecht Durer and Michelangelo. I stole, I mean copied some of Durer and Michelangelo’s work in posts to come later. Right now we are talking about Jacopo. Try to stay on topic.
The artist formerly known as Jacopo Carrucci, now Jacopo da Pontormo was extremely innovative. Art before him during the High Renaissance was balanced, tranquil and fairly mellow. Da Pontormo created a more expressive and emotional style often referred to as mannerism. More to come…
Pencil drawing after Michelangelo. I have this book of a old master drawings and I was going to try to copy all of them. This is from the chapter on torsos. As you can see, I haven’t gotten to the chapter on faces. #art #drawing #drawings #pencil #strathmore #figuredrawing #graphitesketch #graphitedrawing #pencildrawing #pencilsketch #etsyseller #etsyshop #etsyartist
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