Monday, January 9, 2017

Closely looking at Michaelangelo & Leonardo da Vinci Drawings + FOOD: Crab stuffed Red Snapper

Detail of "Studies of the Libyan Sibyl"
for Sistine chapel ceiling
by Michelangelo
(This image courtesy of Metropolitan. Museum of Art press dept.)

Closely looking at a
and a
Leonardo da Vinci 
From a Recent 
Museum of Art

The recent show at the new Met Breuer on Madison Avenue, was Unfinished, Thougths Left VisibleAt this show was a Michaelangelo drawing placed next to a Leonardo da Vinci drawing. It was a pleasure and a privilege to see both of these works of art in the flesh, so to speak. To be able to get within a foot or so away from these masterworks, talking their international language of art... directly to me.

With the permission of the museum, I took photographs with my telephoto lens. Now these images are not perfect, because they are hand held, sans flash (of course) or even the normal good museum lighting, (because of the fugitve quality of their pigments) plus through glass. But I was able to study the hand marks of these geniuses, as if I was looking over their shoulders! What more could an artist ever want?

"Studies of the Libyan Sibyl"
for Sistine chapel ceiling,
(This image courtesy of Metropolitan. Museum of Art press dept.)

"La Scapigliata" (The Disheveled One)
Head and Shoulders of a Woman
by Leonardo da Vinci

(This image courtesy of Metropolitan. Museum of Art press dept.)

Let's look very closely at these two works of art and analyze them with our eyes. 
There are only 18 paintings generally accepted as the sole work of Leonardo da Vinci.
For this Leonardo, {La Scapigliata (The Disheveled OneHead and Shoulders of a Woman}, notice what parts are soft and which parts are sharply defined. Notice how the face is highlighted with a white chalk and there seems to be pigment toning the whole paper. The hair is defined with only a few brush strokes of brown ink. Her right eye almost has a pupil. There is beauty in this face and you can almost feel the affection and appreciation of her beauty from the artist.

For Michaelangelo notice how the cross hatching is almost always parallel, with arching curves. This is the cross hatching of a master. Then notice how the facial features are softened with blended shadows and again hard lines define the profile and the facial features. 

There is very little redrawing, mostly just redrawn right over the mistake. This is also common among master draftsmen. I will now let Michaelangelo's hand speak with his own visual language.

"Studies of the Libyan Sibyl"
for Sistine chapel ceiling,

 (Source: ARTSnFOOD Staff, & Metropolitain Musem of Art Press Dept.)

Crab stuffed Red Snapper


1 whole prepared red snapper (head to tail)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Onion salt to taste
2 pounds crabmeat, picked free of shell
2 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, chopped
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
6 slices bacon
2 slices lemon
1/4 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil so the fish won't stick. Lay the fish in the pan. Season inside and out with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion salt. Make two slits on the side of the fish facing up. To stuff the fish, mix the crabmeat, beaten eggs, chopped onion, saltines, salt, and pepper to taste. Stuff this mixture in the cavity of the fish. If it is more than the fish will hold, put it all abound the cavity. Lay bacon and lemon slices on the fish and lightly sprinkle with dill. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Remove cover for the last few minutes to brown. Serves 8.

(Source: The Lady & Sons Savannah Cookbook)

Until later,
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