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THE LIBYAN SYBIL | by Art Keegan
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This is a copy I made in acrylics from a photo of Michaelangelo's Libyan Sybil from the Sistine Chapel. I took very little artisitc license except with my inability to nail the colors and several background details that make no sense in this cropped view. Mike had some pretty severe transitions from light to dark. My main takeawy was how Mike used the drawn outline to sell the figure. Also, the fact that he outlined. Outlines disappeared in Western Art for a long time until Cezanne. There are several issues of proportion that he gets away with because his outlines are so precise. This was done as a copy of a masterpiece totally for instruction until i became a bit fixated. My current goal in painting is to create objects of beauty regardless of origin or subject matter. I imagine one can compare this effort to an actor protraying Hamlet. You cannot pass on Hamlet just because one hundred folks did it before you. In byzantine art one hundred folks did paint the same icon before you. I realize that beauty is a non-verbal goal and may well be in the eye of the beholder if nowhere else.

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Taken on April 22, 2006