Gorgoneion. Tondo of an Attic black-figured cup, end of 6th century BC. Ah, Medusa...we all know this story, or if you don’t know the story at length or where to find it, you probably know that you should never EVER look at Medusa in the eyes. Once you do, you’ll turn to stone. Continuing with … Continue reading Cave Gorgonem! (Beware of the Gorgon!)
Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Piazza del Comune, Assisi That's Latin for "about the word inspiration". This'll be brief I swear. For me, it's more than just those like mood boards that people create. I feel like when I see this word I take it literally. It is a combination of two words … Continue reading De verba “inspiratio”
P. Virgilius NasoPlatoHomerEuripides If you couldn’t tell by my extensive yet roundabout descriptions using Ancient Greek quotes from my last post, today’s Wordy Wednesday is all about the caput. That is how you say “head” in Latin. I've honestly been so excited about this part of the body since most of my work before has … Continue reading Caput (Part 1)
Roman terracotta relief with a Satyr and a Maenad, 27 B. .-A.D. 68 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The dancing Satyr has been a recurring motif that I always look back to whenever I think about the body in art. Just formally these sculptures, or fragments of them, sing a most beautiful sound. The … Continue reading The Dance: Satyr and Maenad
La voilà! The goldpoint drawing in-progress on the easel in my studio glistening in the morning light (it's north light). This studio shot is very "me", from the anatomy posters and books, to other books in several languages, masks, and a bottle of white wine vinegar for egg tempera painting. © Darryl Smith, 2019. Back … Continue reading ANNO ÆTATIS MEÆ XXVI
An introduction to the beginning of a life-long obsession with artistic anatomy ἡ Μελπομένη καί ἡ Θάλεια (Melpomene and Thalia), Graphite on paper, 27.5"x33". © Darryl Smith, 2019. I have this slight theory that each part of the body contains words related to a specific theme. In these Wordy Wednesday posts, my aim will be … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Photo of a 19th century French sculpture of a Bacchante at the National Gallery of Art (© Darryl Smith, 2019) I’ve always been perplexed by how Bacchantes, the female worshippers of Dionysus, have been portrayed in art after the Ancient Greeks. Looking at Greek ceramics and reading Euripides The Bacchae (I’m currently plowing through Nonnus’ … Continue reading περί Βακχῶν (About Bacchantes)