art Uncategorized

Drywall and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

We’ve all seen photos of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Sandro Botticelli, circa mid -480s.

What we don’t see is scale.

I was remarking to a former art instructor how very different Van Gogh’s paintings look like in person compared to photographs. He agreed and said scale is also missing in photos.

Monet’s Water Lilies’ series is near billboard size in width. No way to capture that on a tiny phone screen or even in a large coffee table size art book.

Back to The Birth of Venus.

A workman below carries a 4′ by 8′ sheet of drywall. Not easily, mind you, as these sheets are very heavy and bulky.

Botticelli’s masterwork is 5′ 8″ x 9′ 2″. I’ve outlined a 4′ x 8′ rectangle on his painting below.

And here is how these boards normally go up on walls. It’s all a matter of scale.

By thomasfarley01

Business writer and graphic arts gadfly.

Leave a Reply