Christopher Green

Posted in Antiquities, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Ancient Art through Modern Eyes

Cycladic figures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa

Have you ever come across a piece of ancient art that looked suspiciously…modern? It’s hard to believe that Cycladic figures, with their sleek minimalist outlines, were made more than 4,000 years before sculptors Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore came along…. More»

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      GREEN EARTH

      Seasick fishermen? Ogres? 

      Getting flesh tone right is an important element to paintings. The Medieval technique was to use egg yolk as a binder and start the coloring with a wash of green. 

      Layers of browns and pinks can be added on top to give depth to the flesh tones. However, sometimes the layer of pink on top fades and what do you get?

      Seasick fishermen. Or actually in this case slightly-green Israelites drawing water. 

      More color talk in The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      Initial H: Moses Striking Water from the Rock and Israelites Drawing Water, about 1250-1262, Italian. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      11/18/14

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