Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Madelyn's Portrait

It’s the light and dark values in relationship to each other and the simplified massing of values that play such an important role in a composition’s design. In addition, those light and dark value relationships impact the quality of light and “luminosity” in a work, as well as strengthening an illusion of space, and atmosphere.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Scandalous Artist

Caravaggio was know to use prostitutes as models, as in this painting of the death of Mary (mother of Jesus). circa1606 It was documented that the painting was rejected by the patron who commissioned it because of that - or the other reason for rejection might have been because of the improper manner in how Mary was depicted.  

It can be seen at the Louve in Paris.


Monday, April 4, 2016


When it was unveiled a proud Michelangelo stood by and watched as people admired the beautiful Pieta. However, what was pride quickly turned into anger as he overheard a group of people attributing the work to other artists of his time. That anger caused Michelangelo to add one last thing to his sculpture. Going down the sash on the Virgin Mary, Michelangelo carved his name. He later regretted that his emotions got the best of him and vowed to never sign another one of his works again.