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Super Models - Perspectives No. 352

Super Models

Perspectives No. 352

Photograph of Gondola Model


   Models can be very useful tools when painting in the studio for understanding how light moves on forms. As part of recreating with our studio students, our recent trip to Venice, we made a small model gondola in preparation for a larger painting of gondolas on the Grand Canal. Photographs and sketches, being two-dimensional, can only provide so much information. We wanted to understand the intricacies of how direct light, reflected light and shadows change as the angle of our model is changed on the still life table—something impossible to do with the life-size boat. Modeling allows for the consideration of nearly unlimited possibilities in position and lighting. Perhaps more important, it also provides an opportunity to play with perspective and get it right.

   Our simple model reminded us of the more complex models that Thomas Hart Benton created when working on his monumental mural paintings. It is no simple matter to get realistic lighting and cast shadows across a large group of figures and props. The clay models themselves are amazing works of art. They allowed Benton to understand how the lighting he wanted to use modeled form. The models were also essential to understanding the distorted perspective he had to employ when recreating them into huge two-dimensional paintings. Mural and ceiling paintings often require a distorted perspective in order to look correct from the floor below. It must be modeled beforehand. Benton’s models went beyond simple model-making and stand on their own as beautiful, detailed mini sculptures.

   Here is one of the few that remain:

Model for the Mural of Jacques Cartier and the St. Lawrence by Thomas Hart Benton
Model for the Mural - Jacques Cartier and the St. Lawrence by Thomas Hart Benton

Jacques Cartier and the St. Lawrence by Thomas Hart Benton
Jacques Cartier and the St. Lawrence by Thomas Hart Benton
New York Power Authority Visitors´ Center at the St. Lawrence Project





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