It’s my last live model session for a while, just as I was getting warmed up. This week, costumes! Which made drawing the model extra fun.
I’ve been reading from The Agony and the Exstacy by Irving Stone, a novelized version of the life of Michelangelo Bunarroti. There’s a lot I can say about the purpleness of the prose, but all the art history crammed in it, makes it an indulgent read for an art-history nerd like me. While drawing in a session with a live model this week I thought about the renaisance artists and their passion for the human form. Guys like Michelangelo and Da Vinci were passionate enough about getting anatomy right that they stole dead bodies to dissect them against the treat of being excommunicated or damned.
I haven’t gone as far as dissecting cadavers, but this sure is fun.