This week I spent a lot of time researching.
|Books, Books, Books|
Shifting gears from one project to another tends to be challenging for me. There are so many things I want to make, but I find that to direct enough energy toward making something significant, I basically have to put on "idea blinders" and let go all but a few of my schemes (exchange!) I want to chose carefully, so I started sifting.
|Mantegna, Might, ca. 1465|
from his tarot deck,
from the Visconti-Sforza tarot,at Beinecke library, Yale
|Schongauer, second wise virgin, 1483|
one of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
|Giotto , Wrath, fresco, ca. 1305|
one of the Virtues and Vices
in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
So I started researching tarot decks - I never knew that one of my favorite artists, Mantegna, designed a tarot deck (gorgeousness).
His technique in these reminded me of another one of my favorite artists, Schongauer, who often worked in series, including the "Wise and Foolish Virgins."
|Botticelli, Fortitude, 1470,|
one of seven virtues
(the other 6 by Pollaiolo)
often associated with Bellini's
in the Academia, Venice
Which got me thinking about Botticelli's "Fortitude" which is also part of a "7 Virtues" set.
Then I started thinking about less literal allegorical paintings and I thought of these small panels, attributed (with on-going debate)to Giovanni Bellini, of which my favorite is Fortune.
After all that, what did I learn?
The more things change, the more they stay the same? haha!
And that, tolerant reader, is how I ended up writing a grant proposal for support to make life-sized interpretations of tarot cards (hopefully I justified it much more elegantly in the proposal - fingers crossed!)
There was also a section in the proposal about fractals...
|me - thinking of you -|
- hoping you're thinking of me -
- who is thinking of you-
|(though, apparently, I still need to work on my spelling of "Parrot" -|
live and learn, live and learn ;))