Rose Caryatid Painting by
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-Rose
The caryatid is a classical Greek architectural element depicting a human
figure supporting a weight. Many of Modigliani’s dazzling works
on paper are drawings and water colors of caryatids. Modigliani imbues
them with a vague Egyptian feel. The figure is seen in a flat graphic
style that makes it seen like a hieroglyphic. The caryatid also has an
emotional intensity unusual for this traditionally static architectural
There is Brancusi’s influence mainly in the way Modigliani shaped
the head in the drawing of this “Rose Caryatid.” It seems
to have more in common with erotic sculptures in certain North Indian
temples, notably Khajuraho.
The distinguishing feature of the “Rose Caryatid” is that
it extends in three dimensions and thus always maintains a relationship
to the human body. In Antiquity and in the Renaissance art, it was man
himself who was the predominant subject of sculpture.
Gerhard Kolberg, Modigliani’s art historian wrote that Modigliani’s
sculptures fluctuate between a high ideal and sculptural goal and are
‘primitive’ to archaic executions. He was able to impart a
stylistic unity to his sculptures.
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