This is a study of a task that is common to these man: wrangling massive ropes in the service of moving huge slabs of marble.
Techniques include drawing with fingers or charcoal, applying pigment with ‘brushes’ made of hair or moss, and blowing the pigment on a stencil …with, for instance, a hollow bone.
In the Byzantine era artists created halos on Saints to move like a plate affixed to the plane of the art. Then, with more sophistication, like a hat. Hats move with the head.
I was on a train this summer rumbling past Carrara, Italy, and saw these huge blocks of marble. I couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos from the train window. Seeing these awkwardly stacked massive cubes of marble and knowing that this is same place where Michelangelo got his chunk of marble for David, and […]