Bob Coe

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Ajax and Cassandra by Raphael

I saw this drawing when I visited the metalpoint exhibition at the British Museum. I was really quite taken with it, the way in which Raphael has told the story. This is from the Greek myth where Ajax the Lesser abducts Cassandra from the temple of Athena and rapes her. The thing that struck me …

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Ophelia by John Everett Millais

Oil on canvas, 762 x 1118 mm, 1851/2, Tate Britain, London John Everett Millais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This is one of my favourite Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the detail achieved by Millais is stunning and the depiction of the slowly running water is fantastic. Millais tells the tragic story of Ophelia in a way that …

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Annotation – Chartres Rose Window

I found this exercise somewhat difficult but ultimately rewarding. It was difficult because it was all done from photographs and web images. With something as special as stained glass it is impossible to get a sense of the effect that the light streaming through the window can have. But it was rewarding as I discovered …

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Annotation – Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti

I think that the moral of this tale is that if there is the opportunity to study the real thing (or suitable copy) then you get so much more from the exercise by doing so rather than simple desk study. The OCA notes for this exercise stated that there were copies of the Gates of …

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Project 4: Susanna and the Elders by Sir Peter Lely

I’m pleased that I chose to concentrate on this painting for Project 4. When I did my History of Art 1 course, one of the paintings I studied was Hayez’s Susanna at her Bath. This was an annotation for a female nude, but I remembered the story when I was at Tate Britain and saw …

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The Sacrifice at Lystra by Raphael

I visited the Cast Courts at the V & A to study Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, so as I was there I went to see the Raphael cartoons. It is excellent being able to see them all together. I could have studied any of them for the exercise on narrative paintings but I found The …

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King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid by Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons   This was another painting that I discovered on my visit to Tate Britain, it is really interesting  to go a gallery with the aim of finding narrative paintings to research and annotate. I had seen images of Burne-Jones work before, but the scale of this painting surprised …

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Drawing in Silver and Gold – Leonardo to Jasper Johns

  I hadn’t come across the term metalpoint before so I was anxious to see this exhibition – called Drawing in Silver and Gold – at the British museum. First I learned how the technique was used. Essentially, I think it was a way of producing very fine lines and points before the graphite pencil …

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Vision of Medea by JMW Turner

I went to Tate Britain to research the narrative paintings exercise. I came across this interpretation of the story of Medea by JMW Turner. My notes can be found here: Vision of Medea by JMW Turner I found it interesting how Turner had included more than one scene from the story in the same painting …

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Francis Bacon and the Masters

I visited this exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, not quite knowing what to expect. While I had seen images of Bacon’s work before I had not seen the originals of any of his paintings. The concept of the exhibition was interesting, displays of Bacon’s work alongside those of ‘great masters’ that were …

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