Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Art Group: Leonardo da Vinci - portraits

Continuing our exploration of portraiture, this week we looked at the portraits of Leonardo da Vinci  1452 - 1519.

da Vinci, an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.  

Da Vinci’s most famous artwork is “The Mona Lisa” 1503 - 6 (77 x 53 cm:  30” x 21”) oil on panel, The Louvre, Paris.
Da Vinci’s painting, “The Last Supper”, 1495 - 96 (180” x 350”) tempera over gesso, painted in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is believed to be the most reproduced religious painting of all time.

Leonardo da Vinci’s illustrated notebooks & bound pages are legendary and are still being studied today. 

Portraiture is a hugely wide subject.  Traditional portraits capture a resemblance or likeness to the subject.  An approach to understand how to capture a resemblance can be found in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.

The group used a simplified version of these to draw a generic, full frontal face.

Emphasis was placed on positioning the eyes, ears & mouth then the nose.

The second task was to take this knowledge and have a go at drawing faces cut from newspapers.  

The lovely results are below.
Well done everyone!

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