16th October Life Class - Inspired by Velazquez

Today we took inspiration from the 17th century Spanish artist Deigo Velazquez and in particular is painting of Pope Innocent X, regarded as one of the finest portraits ever painted. We looked at how he conveyed meaning and personality through the brushstrokes and the use of light and tone, translating these thoughts onto the drawings in the life class. We used the information given in the painting to try to work out the personality being presented to us by Velazquez. The pope is said to have exclaimed 'too true!' on seeing the portrait. There is something very searing about the image. It is unforgettable, once you have seen it.

During the class, we drew a half hour pose with our Model Peter dressed as Pope Innocent, and after the break we had a longer pose which was nude, but related to the clothed pose.