A new exhibit; Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy, opened this week at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
LACMA commissioned me to create my own pen & ink stipple interpretation of Ottavio Leoni’s iconic portrait of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to be used as a focal point in their installation.
I was told at the outset that my drawing would be reproduced (by hand) on a wall 14 feet high. What a challenge – trying to keep this in mind as I rendered the portrait at my typically small comfort zone of about 6 inches. I can only imagine what these professional muralists thought when they first saw the image they’d be replicating…boy, I thought I had patience! And – I am told that they actually enjoyed the process and were pleased with the outcome.
The exhibit will run through February 10th.