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India Ink Drawing After Henry Fuseli

Copy of Henry Fuseli drawing of Polyphemus Hurling the Rock at Odysseus

This next post is a drawing done in India ink on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper of Polypemus throwing a rock at Odysseus. I left out Odysseus and the rock that was being thrown. I’m not sure why. I just did. It was copied from a drawing by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. His was drawn in pencil with gray, blue and brown washes.
So who was the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli? Well I’ll tell you. Fuseli was born in Zürich, Switzerland in the year 1741. He was shaped in a spiral with a lot of grooves and crevices to catch extra sauce and dressings. He was sturdy enough to be tossed with a thick marinara or meat sauce. Most of the time he could be found in pasta salads. Wait a second, that is Fusilli the pasta shape. I meant to search for Fuseli. These things happen. They happen all the time. Apparently, there are over 600 different shapes of pasta from Angle Hair to Ziti. I think they can stop now. I mean I don’t want to put pasta designers out of work but there has to be more important things they can do like pressure washing the entire country of Italy.
Now, let’s learn about Henry Fuseli whose original name was Johann Heinrich Füssli. Why he would prefer a name without an umlaut to a name that had a umlaut is beyond me. Of course, being called Henry rather then Johann Heinrich would make you seem more amiable.
Henry Fuseli, largely influenced by Michelangelo and classical art, was known for drawings and paintings of nude figures in intense and expressive poses. His subjects were usually taken from theater and literature. He would often illustrate scenes from works by Shakespeare. He also wrote reviews and essays on art as well as taught painting at the Royal Academy in London. He taught great artists such as John Constable and was a big influence on William Blake. He died in 1825 at the age of 84.

Click Here to see the original drawing by Henry Fuseli of “Polyphemus Hurling the Rock at Odysseus”

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India Ink Drawing After Pietro Faccini

Ink drawing after Pietro Faccini

So here we have a drawing done in India ink on watercolor paper. Or if in you’re in Indian, then just ink. I believe India ink was invented in China. So many things were invented in China that we have to pretend like some of them were invented elsewhere. Like gun powder in Germany or Chinese food in America.
Moving forward, the above drawing is copy from one done by Pietro Faccini. He drew his with black chalk on gray paper. The work is in the Teyler Museum located in Haarlem, Netherlands.
The Teylers museum includes not just art but it is also a museum of natural history and science. So you might have to wade through a lot of smarty pants stuff to get to the Faccini drawings. I’m sure there is another person writing about the fact that you have to walk by some artsy fartsy nonsense to get to the cool scientific stuff. The Teylers Museum was founded as a contemporary science and art center. There is a oval room in the neoclassical style behind the home of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst that is the historic center of the museum. Pieter Teyler made his money in the cloth business and was a banker as well. His ancestors were from Scotland and he was a follower of the Scottish Enlightenment. Yes, apparently there was a ‘Scottish Enlightenment’. He was also a Mennonite. I didn’t know what a Mennonite is so I had to research it. After my rather short time researching Mennonites, I still have very little idea what a Mennonite is. Apparently they are similar to the Amish but with better fashion sense.
I really should mention something about Pietro Faccini. Faccini was influenced by Barocci, Corregio and Carracci. He worked in a very expressive style that bridged the gap between Mannerism and Baroque. He studied art at the Carracci Academy in Bologna, Italy for four years before opening up his own studio. Unfortunately, his career in painting only lasted 10 years before he died in the year of 1602.

Here is the above post in Spanish, courtesy of Google translate:

Entonces aquí tenemos un dibujo hecho en tinta china sobre papel de acuarela. O si estás en indio, entonces solo tinta. Creo que la tinta china se inventó en China. Se inventaron tantas cosas en China que tenemos que fingir que algunas de ellas se inventaron en otros lugares. Como pólvora en Alemania o comida china en Estados Unidos. En el futuro, el dibujo de arriba es una copia de uno realizado por Pietro Faccini. Dibujó el suyo con tiza negra sobre papel gris. La obra se encuentra en el Museo Teyler ubicado en Haarlem, Holanda. El museo Teylers incluye no solo arte, sino que también es un museo de historia natural y ciencia. Por lo tanto, es posible que tenga que pasar por un montón de cosas de sabelotodo para llegar a los dibujos de Faccini. Estoy seguro de que hay otra persona escribiendo sobre el hecho de que tienes que pasar por algunas tonterías artísticas para llegar a las cosas científicas geniales. El Museo Teylers fue fundado como un centro de arte y ciencia contemporánea. Hay una sala ovalada de estilo neoclásico detrás de la casa de Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, que es el centro histórico del museo. Pieter Teyler ganaba dinero en el negocio de las telas y también era banquero. Sus antepasados ​​eran de Escocia y fue seguidor de la Ilustración escocesa. Sí, aparentemente hubo una ‘Ilustración escocesa’. También era menonita. No sabía qué es un menonita, así que tuve que investigarlo. Después de mi poco tiempo investigando a los menonitas, todavía tengo muy poca idea de lo que es un menonita. Aparentemente son similares a los Amish pero con mejor sentido de la moda. Realmente debería mencionar algo sobre Pietro Faccini. Faccini fue influenciado por Barocci, Corregio y Carracci. Trabajó con un estilo muy expresivo que colmó la brecha entre el manierismo y el barroco. Estudió arte en la Academia Carracci en Bolonia, Italia durante cuatro años antes de abrir su propio estudio. Desafortunadamente, su carrera en la pintura solo duró 10 años antes de morir en el año de 1602.