We can’t just wait until my pictures go up. That would be a waste of time.
So in the meantime, I was thinking that today we could learn some great wood artists for inspiration.
You’re thinking, GROAN!!! HISTORY? I’m out of here.
All those who want to be one of the greats took after the pros for example. So if you think you’re too cool for learning, might as well just quit.
Now, let’s look at some of the most famous wooden greats.
Tilmann Riemenschneider – Germany’s greatest woodcarver, was born in the Harz Mountains and eventually moved to Wurzburg in 1483.
His most distinctive works demonstrate elements of all the major movements of his time, including Gothic, French and Italian styles, and finally a Renaissance of his own in wood. Riemenschneider’s most famous single work by far is titled the Blood Altar and is on display at St. Jacob’s church in Rothenburg.
Grinling Gibbons – England’s finest woodcarver. Gibbons worked primarily during the 17th century after the crown was reestablished under Charles II.
Gibbons was employed by the King to decorate many of England’s public buildings. He also worked for Christopher Wren, the greatest English architect of the period, and, some would say, of all time. Gibbons executed carvings for the Canterbury Cathedral (Archbishop’s Throne), Windsor Castle, and Cambridge University. His particular strength was in his portrayal of foliage and flowers. Even today, many marvel at the delicacy, and lifelike personality he was able to invest in plant life.
Gibbons was able to give the impression that his flowers were actually being blown about by breezes. It is said that as a young artist, when Gibbons carved a pot of flowers over a doorway, everyone expected the flowers to shake when carriages passed by.
Gibbons became so prominent in the field of woodcarving that, in 1714, none other than George I proclaimed him Master Carver.
So there. Were you inspired? I was for sure, the carvings were amazing and detailed. Maybe you and I can do that someday. Keep trying!
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