Objects of Power, Fra Angelico, and Figure Drawing at the Gardner

On April 18th, I will be holding a drop-in figure drawing event at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston during the Museum's April Vacation Week Kick-off.  The event coincides the Gardner's exhibition, Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth. More info found here: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/fra-angelico and here https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/vacation-week-20180419 

Our star model will be artist Rachael Eastman. She will be orbited by fashion models wearing contemporary clothing by designer Natalia JMag https://nathaliajmag.com/.  During the sketching sessions, we will notice how colors were used both in the Renaissance and in current fashion and how they effect us. Our models will be using props that may provoke us to think about what" power" means. 

*This event is included with museum admission and all ages are welcome.*

My association with the Gardner goes back a few years, and I'm honored to be working with them once again. On a personal level, The Gardner is favorite place of mine because I lived in Italy for a few years and being able to work in a Palazzo makes me happy simply for the beauty and harmony.  Additionally, while living in Italy I came to understand the importance of Renaissance art to me, personally- a contemporary abstract painter. I still study the brushwork of Titian. The strange color in The Tempest by Gorgione continues to mystify me. If I am pondering natural drama, I think of this painting even as I am looking up Turner. There are countless contemporary artists who draw from antiquity. I am thinking of Jim Dine and and Cy Twombly, for example, who studied the forms and the stories and the structure and the continuation of time.  We are just part of the continuum of time, and placing ourselves in history can help us to understand our own motives better.  

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