Entries Tagged as 'caravaggio'

Okay, Finally I Have Baroque’n The Silence

November 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

So, because of my extended absence from posting on UMW blogs, I’m sure all kinds of rumors have started swirling about what could possibly be the cause of this negligence. Am I looking for WMDs in Iran? Have I been singlehandedly commissioned to replace the entire screenwriters union? Am I testing the waters for a possible Presidential run?

Well, the answer to all of those reasonable questions is no; there is only one thing important enough, serious enough, change-your-life-and-make-you-run-off-to-see-the-Maharashi enough, to tear me away from UMW blogs, and that, my friends, is painting myself in a Rusty Wallace t-shirt:

Rusty Wallace

This is the first of three major paintings for my Caravaggio individual study, and I will be discussing it, and others Monday at 5 PM in Melchers 107 as part of the Professional Practices In Studio Art Annual Presentations.

Tags: Art · caravaggio · Individual Study Painting

Caravaggio: Evil Genius

October 21st, 2007 · Comments Off on Caravaggio: Evil Genius

As many of you know, this semester I have based my Individual Study in painting off of the work of Italian baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who was described by Spanish painter Vincenzo Carducho in 1630 as an “evil genius, who worked naturally, almost without precepts, without doctrine, without study, but only with the strength of his talent, and nothing but nature before him, which he simply copied in his amazing way.”¹

Self Portrait, with nostrils
So far this semester, most of my time has been spent exhaustively researching the unfathomable laziness of Caravaggio’s working technique (in hopes of learning from the master). Which meant that, besides venturing out briefly to paparazzi UMW faculty, I had to spend my fall break holed up in a Daniel street studio coaxing the beginnings out of a big ol’ painting,² (also churning out this purdy little test) in time for this Thursday’s Forum on Undergraduate Research.

So, if you’re curious to learn about Caravaggio’s unorthodox use of egg tempera (or just want to see my nostrils projected at a massive scale), come to the Department of Art and Art History’s Forum on Undergraduate Research on October 25 at 5 PM in Melchers 107.


the ever unflattering Roblog


¹ Evil genius? Man, if anyone ever described me that way, I’d put it on my business cards.

² So what’s in this big painting you ask? Well…Nascar…tiki torch fuel…I’ve said too much already.

Tags: Art · caravaggio · Individual Study Painting

The Entombment of Mike

September 10th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Art is a wonderful thing, ain’t it? It’s a great word too, art. Say it out loud a few times: art, art, art, art, art.

Great! Now that everybody else in the room thinks you’re imitating a sea lion, we can get down to the business at hand:

Entombment of Mike

Judith Slaying Roblofernes

While I was working on my Caravaggio individual study on a Wednesday night, the good folks at Stagnant Water and I tried our hands at imitating Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Entombment of Christ and Judith Slaying Holofernes.

Note the stunning accuracy of Michael “The Art Chameleon” Mosely’s gender-flexible portrayals of both Judith and the body of Christ, as well as Molly “Sheldó” Sheldon’s uncanny old maidservant.

Tags: Art · caravaggio