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Tuesday Sketchalong

October 3, 2023 7:00 pm
October 3, 2023 8:30 pm


Famous weekly sketch along with Rosín Curé via zoom.  Members are free but drop ins welcome.  Timezone is GMT + 1 at 3pm on Saturdays.

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Roman Remains 2

Today we will look at two stone statues from the Naples Museum of Archaeology.

On the left is a beautiful “herm” (bust) of Zeus-Amun or Ammon, with its ram horns. I have only just learned that ammonites, which I studied as an undergrad geologist, derive their name from Ammon and its curly horns. This herm was unearthed at Herculaneum and dates to the first century AD.

The subject is a great exercise in accurate drawing and in the depiction of light, using a yellow or yellow ochre colour.

On the right is a really beautiful bronze bust of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Pontifex, who died nearly fifty years before the explosion at Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD79.

When I passed this bust along with all the others in the row, something about it stopped me in my tracks. Despite two black, empty orbs for eyes, there was something spine-tinglingly lifelike about this portrait. You can see the ridges on his nose (broken?) and the thin lips with the dimpled chin beneath. You can even see pores and stubble – I have no idea how these busts were produced, but I wonder if a cast were used.

Our task will be to explore how the discreet use of a sketching kit can help us achieve a nice result in a museum.

We will use:

  • One colour only
  • White paper for light
  • Accuracte drawing technique

Please keep an eye out for time changes, as it might move to a later time. Recording will be sent after class.

See you then!



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