My Drawing for LACMA

CaravaggioA 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.

Portrait of Caravaggio at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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