this new project will be the portrait of michelangelo´s delphic sybil, as he has painted her on the fresko in the sistine chapel. the project is inspired by two things :
first, in a discussion it was stated that michelangelo was not able to paint or carve beautiful women, besides the mary of his pieta. i disagree strongly with that statement, as i think michelangelo has carved and painted beautiful women, same as not so beautiful ones,,,but why maybe they are all perceived as not so beautiful is that they dont match the modern view of beauty, as often michelangelos women show strong musculature, this not fashionable today anymore… so, with this carving, i want show the beauty michelangelo portrait…
second, i admire very much the way michelangelo painted. to me, it is a quite unusual way of painting, as all his paintings look like carvings, ,,, and, this made me want to try to “transform” one of his paintings into a carving, ….i hope i can do michelangelo justice,,,
to prepare, i have of course a foto in a book of the delphic sybil, after the restoration, so the colors are vivid and everything is well to see. to get a first feeling for the shapes i made a drawing, ,,,
oh, please, click on the small images to see them in larger !
this way i learn easily the proportions michelangelo used, and you can see i misjudged the length of her neck considerably… lesson learned, and on to carving …