Sunday, February 28, 2010

Delphic Sibyl

Back to the Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo started painting this ceiling in 1508, working on the Prophets and the Sibyls first. The architecture of the whole is the most striking feature of the decoration, with its imaginative structure that subdivides and expands the space. He completed the work in 1512.
Like the Lybian Sibyl, I drew the sketch of the Delphic Sibyl in the Sistine Chapel, watercoloring them later. The difficulty of copying a figure so far high while the paper was on my lap, was quite challenging. Michelangelo's Delphic Sibyl, watercolor, 4x6" (10x15 cm.) done in my Rome journal, November 2009.

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