Last time I said I’d show you from sketches from Rome, but I also have quite a few from Florence so I thought I’d show you some of those today as well. I’m actually taking a class called digital sketchbook that’s required back at Appalachian, although there it’s called digital imaging. For the class we have to do five sketches every week to manipulate on the computer. Of course I sketch anyway, but having the class is nice because it makes me work in a more organized way, plus I get to mess around in photoshop.
Nike was on that building that I talked about in the second Rome post, the Vittoria Emanuele. And that would be Nike, goddess of Victory and not Nike, sneaker company, to be clear.
This was one of the many sculptures on my favorite fountain from Rome. There was a picture of it in the first post from Monday.
And this was my favorite sculpture from the Vittoria Emanuele. So romantic.
Another random guy from that same building. I just love his grumpy face.
I drew this with a graphite stick. It was the first time I’d used one and I have to say that I loved it. I’m generally not a fan of graphite because the ability to erase inexplicably turns me into a nervous, shaky-handed wreck, but the graphite stick is so thick and works so quickly that it doesn’t give me that problem. Go figure.
For anyone out there familiar with art history, yes this is the same Bacchus and a Satyr sculpted by Michelangelo. It was great.
This and the last sketch were done in the Bargello art museum. I went there with the sketch class I mentioned, and we literally just sat right down on the floor and drew sculptures. Nobody even told us to quit being weirdos and get off the floor. I loved it.
My roommate Molly, drawn without her permission. She was only mildly creeped out when she noticed.
From an old photograph (shh — don’t tell Cosimo! We aren’t supposed to draw from photographs!).
There’s this great little sculpture area outside the Palazzo Vecchio where I like to draw. This is there, as is the next one.
This and the next sketch were both made in Il Grande Museo del Duomo. The Pietá is not, of course, the most famous one, but is by Michelangelo. It’s not finished. He made this in his eighties, but during the sculpting Mary’s elbow accidentally broke off. That made Michelangelo get frustrated and he quit working on it. He gave it to another artist, who fixed Mary’s elbow, but you can still see the crack and Michelangelo never went back to finish it. That might seem like a shame, but it’s really cool to see his chisel marks in the parts he never polished, and it was interesting to see what a half-finished face looks like. It also made me kind of happy in a schadenfreude kind of way to know that Michelangelo got mad and quite working on stuff too, even when he was an old man.
There was no such interesting story for these little sculptures. I think they were part of the original facade, but to be honest I’m not sure.
Check back Friday for a new post! I think I’ll start showing the pictures from my Venice trip!