Some observations popping out when I was reading two books during the lockdown: Anatomie Artistique de l’Homme (1959) by Arnoult Moreaux and the Artist’s Handbook (1987) by Ray Smith. Two books which deeply modified the way I was seeing things around me, landscapes as well as people, bodies. And also, it gave another insight into the works of artists, painters especially, and their art, their practice, how they would follow rules or break them and for what purpose. Usually in order to create a new vision. Other readings about perspective construction and about the history of theatre were also very useful in realizing how much the perception of physical reality has been formed and designed through the vision of art representation. And still is. I don’t believe AI applications will change anything about the “way we see the world”.
“The great masters’ works of the Renaissance will always be admirable and will probably last forever because of all the knowledge, the science, the skills which are under these works. They are more than the particular vision of an individual, they are the expression of a time with everything in it, all wrapped in one great genius’ mind. This beautiful dimension of the artist can be trace up till the Baroque, especially when it comes to the musicians (example Bach). What happened with Romantism?
In the past ages, people did not necessarily prefer fat women who outnumber any other figures in Great Masters’ paintings. For the artists, the challenge was to represent volumes and render a sense of thickness and gravity, all those aspects which are absent from the representations of human figures in the Middle Age, where bodies always seem to be floating in the air.
Deconstruction for better reproduction for better creation Deconstruction in order to reproduce in order to create better works. Artists have worked with grids, instruments of measurements, technical tools of all kinds. It’s actually a fun creative activity to do: to design and to make “something” which might help create more interesting forms and representations.”