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Graphite Drawing After Michelangelo Buonarotti

Graphite drawing of a young nude man

The featured image in this post is a drawing in various graphite pencils. Actually, I think only used one pencil. I think I used the “Prismacolor 14420 Ebony Graphite Drawing Pencil”. That’s right the old “14420”. You’re probably familiar with a number 2 pencil. Well the “14420” is not that. It is 7210 times darker than a number 2 pencil. (7210 x 2 = 14420) Please note: I not only have no vested interest in the Prismacolor company but I also know very little about the Prismacolor company and it’s products.
This drawing is a copy of a drawing in red chalk by Michelangelo Buonarotti entitled “Study for the Nude Youth Over the Prophet Daniel for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling”. The figure on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is located above Daniel and below “God Dividing the Water from the Earth”. According to Wikipedia: Daniel is, believe it or not, the main character in the Book of Daniel. Few people debate whether or not this is true. So the next time you are in a heated discussion over religion, you can both can agree that the main character in the Book of Daniel is in fact Daniel. As you can see this blog is not just about art but about healing the world in general.
Above the nude figure we were talking about is the scene of “God Dividing the Water from the Earth”. Apparently, according to Bible scholars, he divided the water to be either above the firmament or below. I can only assumed that he further divided the water between fresh, salt and brackish. I prefer to call brackish water either lightly salted water or even perhaps salt water with 50% less sodium.
On the second day, because we can all agree that dividing water is an all day affair, he separated morning and evening. Then he added lights to the firmament of heaven. It was then that he realized that he should have put up the lights first so he could see what he was doing. Perhaps then he could have put the lights up and divide the water all in the same day.

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Drawing of Hercules and Antaeus after Signorelli

Graphite Drawing after Signorelli of Hercules and Antaeus

This next post is a graphite drawing of Hercules and Antaeus copied from a work in black chalk by Luca Signorelli. Signorelli who’s full name is Luca d’Egidio di Ventura de’ Signorelli, was referred to as Luca da Cortona because he was from, you guessed it, Cortona, Italy. According to my research, Signorelli was born sometime between 1445 and 1450. So apparently the record keeping was not very good in Cortona or women spent incredibly long periods in labor. Signorelli died in Cortona on October 16, 1523, so apparently record keeping greatly improved during his lifetime or perhaps deaths were considered more important than births. I’m not trying to judge anyone’s culture. I’m just trying to keep an open mind. I mean they know the exact date of his death but… I’m going to have to move on from this.
Luca Signorelli was known for his frescoes, most notably the series based on the end of the world in the Orvieto Cathedral. These frescoes were even praised by Michelangelo, whom he greatly admired. Signorelli worked in an intense and dramatic style. Raphael admired and was influenced by his work.
Now let’s talk about Hercules and Antaeus of the ever popular Greek mythology. I have said this before but it bears repeating. I often start to doze off when I read or write or even think about any type of mythology so I’ll try to keep this brief. The giant Antaeus was the son of Gaea, the goddess of earth and Poseidon, the god of the sea. Antaeus was considered invincible due to the fact that his strength was renewed when his feet touched the ground. He would often challenge strangers to fight him. Kind of like those guys that still live at home and take martial arts classes all day then go out at night and pick fights with people. You know the type. Getting back to Mythology. One day Antaeus got into a fight with Heracles, who figured out that Antaeus got his strength from touching the earth. So Hercules lifted Antaeus from the Earth then crushed him to death. Wild stuff indeed.

Translation into Spanish by Google Translate:

Esta próxima publicación es un dibujo en grafito de Hércules y Anteo copiado de una obra en tiza negra de Luca Signorelli. Signorelli, cuyo nombre completo es Luca d’Egidio di Ventura de ’Signorelli, fue llamado Luca da Cortona porque era de, lo adivinaste, Cortona, Italia. Según mi investigación, Signorelli nació en algún momento entre 1445 y 1450. Entonces, aparentemente, el mantenimiento de registros no fue muy bueno en Cortona o las mujeres pasaron períodos increíblemente largos en el trabajo de parto. Signorelli murió en Cortona el 16 de octubre de 1523, por lo que aparentemente el mantenimiento de registros mejoró mucho durante su vida o quizás las muertes se consideraron más importantes que los nacimientos. No intento juzgar la cultura de nadie. Solo intento mantener la mente abierta. Quiero decir que saben la fecha exacta de su muerte, pero … tendré que dejar esto. Luca Signorelli era conocido por sus frescos, sobre todo la serie basada en el fin del mundo en la catedral de Orvieto. Estos frescos incluso fueron elogiados por Miguel Ángel, a quien admiraba mucho. Signorelli trabajó con un estilo intenso y dramático. Rafael admiró y fue influenciado por su trabajo. Ahora hablemos de Hércules y Anteo de la siempre popular mitología griega. Ya he dicho esto antes, pero vale la pena repetirlo. A menudo empiezo a quedarme dormido cuando leo o escribo o incluso pienso en cualquier tipo de mitología, así que intentaré ser breve. El gigante Anteo era el hijo de Gea, la diosa de la tierra y Poseidón, el dios del mar. Anteo fue considerado invencible debido a que su fuerza se renovó cuando sus pies tocaron el suelo. A menudo desafiaba a extraños a luchar contra él. Algo así como esos tipos que todavía viven en casa y toman clases de artes marciales todo el día y luego salen por la noche y se pelean con la gente. Conoces el tipo. Volviendo a la mitología. Un día Anteo se peleó con Heracles, quien se dio cuenta de que Anteo obtenía su fuerza al tocar la tierra. Entonces Hércules levantó a Anteo de la Tierra y luego lo aplastó hasta la muerte. Ciertamente salvaje