Santa Maria del Fiore by artist Norman Bean

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The Piazza del Duomo, which includes Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi's Dome, the Baptistery, and Giotto's Campanile (tower), is in the heart of the Historic District of Florence Italy. As my art mentor and I were walking through the Piazza one evening, I made the comment that I'd like to draw a night time scene of the Dome and Tower. He shook his head, questioning my ambitions, saying that it would be a monumental task to capture a recognizable view with any detail. It took eight years to get up the courage to tackle the project. This is the result. Depicting the night sky and the nighttime lighting of the architecture, in which the details fade into the shadows, required learning new techniques to apply graphite on paper. I employed perspective tricks and shadings that enhance the feeling of depth and distance. And, of course, there is a bit of artistic license that makes it all fit together into a recognizable composition.
"Santa Maria del Fiore"
Norman Bean
$ 2500.

21" x 27" x 1"
Graphite on Paper
Drymount on Acid-free Foamboard
Framed with UV Clear Glass
7 lb
Created 2016
Id# 2017-10-17-030