Thursday, December 1, 2011

in the British Museum

The ancient halls in the British Museum

I love the British Museum. Filled with visual wonders from all time and all places, beautifully presented for all to see. Free.

This tiny Ivory relief has that figure composition that was common from 500 - 1500AD and a composition I use and need to study more to exploit its real power. The drawing below is an example of a recent use of this 'wall of figures' not unlike these ancient masters.

I find the quality, the sheer excellency of these work invigorating, a spur to do my best. Privileged to carry their ideas forwards in our time, these latent pieces of beauty can be resurrected to speak our language in our time. Understanding them is the first stage in recreating them.