Caryatid Painting by
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Caryatids were used in the architecture of classical antiquity to support
entablatures or other similar members. Modigliani produced roughly sixty
drawings and several paintings of caryatids.
Modigliani’s painting was benefited by his work as a sculptor.
The art of sculpting enabled him to arrive at reduction, linearity and
abstraction which were the components of his pictorial language. This
has been demonstrated in his caryatid drawings.
Modigliani’s interest in the subject of caryatid shows his fascination
for Greek and Roman Antiquity; where caryatids were architectural supports
taking human form. They bore the weight of the structure above them.
This “caryatid” drawing of Modigliani illustrates the function
of caryatids at Antiquity, only in its pose. Kneeling on one leg, the
other leg bent towards her body, the strong female figure has raised both
arms above her head in order to support the weight which has been suggested
by the artist in a horizontal slab. Modigliani abandoned the original
function of the caryatid as a load bearing support in favor of the expression
of an attitude or pose. The artist depicted the caryatid as representation
of a person carrying a burden. Modigliani has focused more upon the symbolic
content of the figure than body volumes and spatial effect.
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