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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      September, the month to harvest grapes, isn’t just for the modern Virgo.

      Libras and Scorpios are in on the labors of plowing and sowing fun for the month. Since the Middle Ages the zodiac symbols have shifted with changes in the months of the calendar. 

      Zodiacal Sign of Virgo, about 1170s, Unknown. German, Hildesheim. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      Woman Harvesting Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of a Libra
      A Man Treading Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of Libra, early 1460s, Workshop of Willem Vrelant. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      Plowing and Sowing; Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio, 1510-1520, Workshop of Master of James IV of Scotland. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/01/14

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