In the Autumn of 2021, I decided to do a “Statue series”, which turned into four studies of famous statues. See if you can name them all! Answers at the bottom, after the images. These were all done with graphite on paper.
Did you guess them all?
No spoilers!!! Ready?
- We started off easy with Michaelangelo’s David
- This is the eye of the Statue of Liberty! Actually, I sketched from one of the original prototypes, on display at the Statue of Liberty Museum in New York.
- A section of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
- Le génie du mal by Guillaume Geefs. The story behind this is one of my favorite little art history anecdotes. The original statue of Lucifer was not this one; it was a work completed by Joseph Geefs, Guillaume’s brother. Joseph’s statue immediately caused a stir, with churchgoers and church administration exclaiming the statue was too beautiful. So they took the shamefully sexy statue down and commissioned another statue by Guillaume, who created an ostensibly sexier Lucifer. I guess they decided not to risk a third brother making something lethally sexy, because this is the statue that is still installed today.
How did you do??