Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sculpture and 17th Century Carved and Painted Saints

I could watch this video over and over.

It's so relaxing to see other artists patiently at work, not hurrying because they know their work will last. (And if they're working for the Getty Museum, they know they'll also be paid!)

Seventeenth-century Spanish polychrome sculpture was different from monochromatic stone or bronze figures, the carved wooden figures were made to be as life like as possible.

Artists created new sculpture techniques to achieve the presence of living saints. They used glass eyes, wigs, and paint for the figure and layers of gesso, paint, and metal leaf to mimic sumptuous fabrics like brocade.

Learn about the techniques of estofado in this video from the Getty Museum.

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