Welcome to my Art Blog! I paint or draw most weekdays and sometimes finish a painting a day. I fondly call them my "Postcards from Paradise" because it's such a beautiful place the Lord made here for us.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Studying David's Face

This is a sketch I did at the end of our week in Florence. I sat on a cold stone step at the Loggia della Signoria where I could see the David replica about 50 feet away at the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio. The Loggia is an open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art.

The eyes of David, with a warning glare, are turned towards Rome. Michelangelo's original David statue was moved from the Palazzo Vecchio location to the Academy in 1873. It was later replaced at the original location by a replica. (I cannot find any information about who made the David copy.)

David's expression is intense, but obscure: confident, and yet, perturbed. The pose of his body is relaxed, but his brow is strained.

“David's Face Study” (after Michelangelo)
Charcoal and chalk on Canson 12"x9" Unframed
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin

Nearby, outside the Uffizi, where crowds were waiting in line to get in were live street performers posing as sculptures, along with numerous artists set up to draw portraits and show their art.

I bought a couple of tiny engravings from Dorotea Muller (at left), a Florence native, who told me she studied at The Academy.

I also got a miniature watercolor from another woman artist who wrote her email address on the back. Unfortunately, I cannot decipher her handwriting.


suzanneberry said...

Welcome home! And thank you for posting your sketches and facts about the trip! Beautiful work as always, what an incredible trip it must have been!

And thank you for your very kind comment on morning walk, i so appreciate your words.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you, dear Suzanne. It was a wonderful trip and I'm hoping to get back there again. I would like to have a longer stay there for study if I can manage all the details, finances, etc.

Lindsey Meyer said...

Hi Diana -

I was in Florence a few months ago and took a picture of one of Dorotea's paintings because she was not around at the time. I know this is a longshot, but I was wondering if you knew if she has a website or any way that I could purchase one of her paintings. Any help would be amazing! Thanks! Lindsey

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Lindsey, please click on the link to contact me at the top of my sidebar and I will try to help.