Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Vasari Corridor, Florence, Italy

This past Fall, I had the incredible opportunity to tour the Vasari Corridor in Florence, Italy. It is a magical passage filled with over 1000 rarely seen paintings, mostly self-portrait gifts from master painters beginning in the 16th century and still continuing today.
The Corridor was built in 1564 by Giorgio Vasari and served to link up the Pitti Palace, where the Grand Duke resided, with the Uffizi (or offices) where he worked. 
It is a covered walk, almost a kilometre in length, an overhead passageway that starts out from a secret doorway in the West Corridor of the Uffizi Gallery, heads towards the Arno and then, raised up by huge arches, follows the river as far as the Ponte Vecchio, which it crosses by passing on top of the shops.
Vasari created a monumental urban "footpath" that took the absolute power of the ruler right into the historic heart of the city!
The art collection, unique in the world, was created by Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici in the mid 17th century, a golden century for collections, and receives regular additions to this day. It displays self-portraits by Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Bernini, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Rubens, Canova, Hayez, Corot, Ingres, Delacroix, Ensor and many others.


The Ponte Vecchio with the Vasari Corridor above the bustling bridge and city streets of Florence.
The windows of the Vasari Corridor as seen from the Ponte Vecchio.



The secret entrance to the Vasari Corridor from inside the Uffizi Gallery.
Self Portrait   William Merrit Chase, 1849 - 1916
Self Portrait   Henri Fantin Latour, 1836 - 1904
Self Portrait   John Singer Sargent, 1856 - 1926
Self Portrait   Peter Paul Rubens, 1577 - 1640
Self Portrait   Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, 1598 - 1680
View of the Arno and Florence from the Vasari Corridor.
View of the Arno and Florence from the Ponte Vecchio.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inspired whilst travelling...

La Blanchisseuse, 1884
Huile sur toile, 93 x 75 cm
Paris, Collection privée


Provencal Mas Overlooking the Luberon Valley, France

Duomo Cathedral, Florence, Italy

Happy New Year!

After finishing a series of copperplate intaglios this past spring and summer, I was delighted to travel to Europe where four of my prints were included in exhibitions in Spain, France, and England.
Here is a photo compilation of that journey...enjoy!






Figura VII series
My studio assistant, Moose

Cadaqués, Spain
Taller Galleria Fort, Girona, Spain

Sunday, May 18, 2014

7" x 6" copperplate intaglio.

7" x 6" copperplate intaglio.

6" x 7" copperlate etching & aquatint.

7" x 6" copperplate etching & aquatint.

Friday, May 02, 2014

27" x 19" soft pastel and charcoal on paper.

28" x 16" charcoal on paper.

28" x 24" soft pastel on paper.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

19" x 27" soft pastel on paper.

19" x 27" soft pastel and charcoal on paper.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

27" x 19" soft pastel and charcoal on paper.

27" x 19" soft pastel and charcoal on paper.

27" x 18" charcoal and soft pastel on paper.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

No. 0575

13" x 13" graphite on paper.

No. 0574

13" x 13" graphite on paper.

No. 0573

13" x 13" graphite on paper.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No. 0572

22" x 19 1/2" soft pastel and charcoal on paper.

No. 0571

32" x 28" charcoal on paper.

No. 0570

36" x 28" charcoal and soft pastel on paper.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No. 0569

36" x 24" charcoal and soft pastel on paper.

No. 0568

30" x 24" charcoal on paper.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

No. 0567

13" x 13" graphite on paper.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

No. 0566

13" x 16" graphite on paper.

No. 0565

6.5" x 13" graphite on paper.

No. 0564

13" x 16.25" graphite on paper.