SIA Inspiration: Gian Lorenzo BerniniPosted: January 9, 2017
Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2017! Technically it was Erin’s turn this week, but she is still in the midst of moving, so we decided to switch orders around a bit – I’ll go first, then Jen, and Erin will be back once she has settled in.
One of my resolutions for SIA this year is to pick more interesting artworks. I just went through my SIA Pinterest board and noticed that it mostly features paintings of women in dresses. Pretty, but not particularly challenging. So, in an attempt to pick something a little off the beaten path but still classical, I present to you the sculptures of Italian master Gian Lorenzo Bernini:
This GIF set is from an episode about Bernini in the documentary “Simon Schama’s Power of Art”. I’m just going to quote the episode here: “No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another – marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.”
I didn’t pick a particular sculpture because to me, this challenge is about drapes and textures rather than shapes and colors, but feel free to pick one that speaks to you and base your outfit on it (here is the full list of his works.) Don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Monday, January 16th. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!