About: Zhenya Gershman

I've worked for nearly a decade in the J. Paul Getty Museum's Education Department, participating in interpretation of such exhibitions as Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference, and Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits. I've been an artist since I made my first "real" drawing at the age of 10. In my native Russia, I was fortunate to be mentored by two academic artists, Orest Vereisky and Leonid Saifertis. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, after a small culture shock, I pursed my art training by obtaining my BFA from Otis Art Institute and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. I show my art nationally and internationally; my current exhibition is titled XII Apostles and can be seen as a response to the Old Masters' obsession with hiding and revealing human body and soul.

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The Language of Drapery

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (detail), Guido Reni, about 1630

Drapery—artfully folded fabric—has been used by European artists for centuries, from ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary photography. As I prepare for the studio course I’m leading this Wednesday on sketching drapery after the Old Masters, I’ve been thinking about why…. More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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