Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Value versus Color


This theme has been recycled throughout the history of Western art and provides the artist with an excuse to paint the nude figure justified by moral ends. More importantly it is a perfect example of painting flesh and creating volume. Closer inspection and we find that the values in the drawing are what gives the central figure so much presence and by simply plugging in the temperature the figure comes to life. If we look at the painting in black and white we see a perfect opaque chalk drawing.
Susanna and the Elders, Hendrick Goltzius MFA Boston

2 comments:

Russell Harris said...

Who is this artist, and what is the name of the painting.

jesw said...

Hendrick Goltzius', Susanna and the Elders is in the permanent collection at the MFA Boston. I think people are more familiar with his incredible engravings, some of which I'll post.