The reason why I am in Rome is that I am writing my thesis. And just to give some illustration I am writing about all (or many of) the implications of how this

One of the Dioscuri (opus Phidiae). Roman copy after Greek statue c. 5th Century BC. Marble, c. 5.60 metres tall. Monte Cavallo, Rome

can become this:

J.H. Füssli, Study after the Dioscuri (opus Phidiae), 1770-75. Black chalk, 267 x 189 mm. Kunsthaus Zürich. From the Römisches Schizzenbuch

The first picture is of the Dioscuri in Rome and the second picture is J.H. Fuseli‘s drawn copy. Fuseli loved these figures and they reappear in many of his works as models for all sorts of heroes.

I am writing about Fuseli’s drawings and what they mean and I use the Dioscuri to get a clearer view of how he works and how he sees. So I revisited the Dioscuri the day before yesterday with some Fuseli drawings in my bag. Very interesting. Note how Fuseli exaggerates the muscles (on a figure with already exaggerated muscles) with contours around each of them. I see this as a skinlessness, as an écorché and I believe Fuseli does it to reach some sort of true and eternal body stripped of all the forlornness of fashion and time.

Just to give you an idea of what I am playing at…


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