The above relief art panel was completed by my daughter for her homeschool art project, where she studies a master artist and uses that technique to create a piece of art. We are using the book Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga as a guide. I plan on posting recaps of more projects she completes as the school year progresses.
This is a Florentine Relief technique using cardboard, string, paper, glue, paint and aluminum foil in tribute to Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 -1455). Ghiberti worked his entire life on the golden doors of the great Baptistery at Florence. Upon completion it is said that Michelangelo remarked,
“They are worthy to stand at the Gates of Paradise.”
In today’s age of technology, social networking and oftentimes lack of real connections with others, it is essential to define yourself as an artist and a person. To know in your heart who you are, what makes you tick and what boundaries you have. Being true to yourself can be difficult today with so many things competing for our attention. If you know who you are and what it is that you do, it is easier to say no to the things and people who may intrude on that.
Every time you say yes to something you are saying no to something else!
So now from this made passion
which made me take art for an idol and a king,
I have learnt the burden of error that it bore.
And what misfortune springs from man’s desire…
The world’s frivolities have robbed me of the time
That I was given for reflecting upon God.
In who, in what and where do your priorities lie?