Saturday, November 30, 2013

Class mural 2013

This was my last student mural. This one is 3' x 27', dry erase marker on glass. This was done by an 11th grade section. The theme is anything/everything ancient Greek.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Liber Chronicarum

Here's a cool thing: The Liber Chronicarum or Nuremberg Chronicle. It's one of the best documented early printed books to incorporate text and images, predating Durer's Apocolypse. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel in 1493, it is a bible paraphrase and history of the world from creation to the final judgement. It's chock full of bizarre theology and illustrations. It was clearly a strong influence on the Retablo de Ciudad Rodrigo, particularly this image which has direct correlations in Bartolome's Chaos panel. You should do an image search, I think you'll like it.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Retablo de Ciudad Rodrigo

I have recently been obsessed with the Retablo de Ciudad Rodrigo, an altarpiece created in 1493 by Fernando Gallego and the Maestro Bartolome. It consists of 26 panels approximately 3' x 4' and it is the jewel of the University of Arizona art collection. Originally, the panels were assembled together in a massive framework that covered the entire wall behind the main altar of the cathedral of the city of Rodrigo, Spain. The framework, or Gothic tracery, has been lost, hence the black lines at the top indicating the frames' original position. This image, The Creation of Eve, was produced by Bartolome and depicts Eve being extracted fully formed from the sleeping figure of Adam. Christ is present in the Garden indicating his existence since the Creation.