Another Monstrous Museum Addition

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Despite strong opposition, Florence, Italy’s Uffizi museum will go ahead with what has been called an “indecent and unheard of” expansion.  As opera and film director, Franco Zefferelli has so clearly stated, “This is a sign of profound incivility, of lack of respect for Florence, the monumental integrity of which is a value in itself… it is a wound and an abdication of care for the city.”  

See the article: Uffizi expansion goes ahead despite Florentine OppositionImage © Florencephotos.com, [info@florencephotos.com], [http://www.florencephotos.com], Firenze, Italy 1999-2006.

Holburne Museum and Proposed Expansion

In England however, a modernist addition to the Holburne Museum was rejected.  Located in Bath, one of the most classical cities in the world, a proposed glass and steel addition to the 1796 Georgian building brought enormous protest from residents and architects alike.  The opposition rightly argued that such an addition would not only damage the area, but also set a “dangerous precedent.”

Published in: on August 10, 2007 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fall Trip to Boston

Boston Public Library exterior sculpture of Science by Bela Pratt

This October, Jeffrey Mims and Frank Strazzulla will lead a special tour of the art and architecture of Boston, including the Boston Public Library, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.  In keeping with our study of mural painting and ornament, special focus will be given to the murals of John Singer Sargent as well as those by Puvis de Chavannes, Edwin Austin Abbey, and the ornamentation of Trinity Church.

Interior of Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

Published in: on August 8, 2007 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Anatomy from the Life Model

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Combining the study of Anatomy with evening life drawing, students overlay skeletal and muscle constructions onto copies of their own figure drawings.  The skeleton is often posed beside the figure model during drawing sessions. 

Below are examples from a recent lecture.

Overlay of Skeleton and Muscles onto Student Life Drawing 

Overlay of Muscles onto Student Life Drawing

Published in: on August 6, 2007 at 11:02 am  Comments (4)