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Da Vinci’s Hands – Original Drawing

$ 225.00 $ 70.00

 

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1,280.56 ZAR | 55.03 GBP | 64.66 EUR

 

Medium: Pencil on 300g Archival Paper

Drawing Size: 10cm by 14cm

Frame Size: 27cm by 30cm

 

Description

Da Vinci’s Hands

By Marc Alexander from his ‘Touch’ exhibition. ‘Da Vinci’s Hands’, Pencil on 300g Archival Paper, 10cm by 14cm, (2013).

 

Da Vinci’s Hands

The beautiful sketch of three hands is in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle exemplifies Leonardo da Vinci’s intense attention to, even fascination with, anatomical correctness and the effects of light and shadow. At the bottom, one hand is folded underneath another, more developed one, as if resting in a lap. That lightly-sketched hand seems to be the ghost of the top hand, which holds a sprig of some sort of plant–the outline of the thumb is nearly identical. These two highly developed hands are worked up with dark cross-hatching and white chalk highlights, creating a sense of mass even on a sheet of paper.
In each, everything from the muscles of thumb-pads to the wrinkles of skin along the joints of the fingers is depicted with the utmost care. Even when Leonardo lightly sketches the rest of the forearm or the “ghost” hand, his lines are deft and confident, showing how much he strove to depict the human form correctly.

 

Touch Series

After a long season of producing portraits in oils, I returned for a while to the humble pencil. The ‘Touch’ exhibition, which opened at the Studio Gallery Kalk Bay on Friday June 14th 2013 and ran until July 3rd, was the result of that experience – a true celebration of the beauty and expressiveness of the human hand.

Several months before this show, a group of us artists got together in the studio to work on life drawings, and for me, hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human body to draw, so I decided to master this challenge by producing one hundred detailed drawings. Friends, family and even casual acquaintances, modeled their hands for me and in each drawing I tried to capture the unique character of each individual.

A great deal could be learned about a person just by observing their hands. For example, the slight hand gestures of a person in love, or the anxious mannerisms of the addicted smoker clutching his last cigarette, or the telltale scars and callouses which belong to a hard working laborer. The hands are young and old, lined and smooth and endlessly expressive and tell a hundred stories which are all captured in my hyper-realistic style.

 

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