study of a detail from Benozzo Gozzoli's 1461 painting, The Dance of Salome
Another online challenge site I recently discovered is one called Following the Masters. Every month the blog's owner chooses a theme. Last month it was the Ashcan School painters, and this month it is the Italian Renaissance. She suggests books to help her people learn about the topic, and then followers can draw or paint something related to the topic. Last month I read Robert Henri's wonderful collection of lectures, letters and essays about art called The Art Spirit. This month I re-read Irving Stone's fictional biographical novel about Michelangelo's life, The Agony and the Ecstasy. I also decided this month to study another Renaissance painter, this time one I didn't know. I chose Florentine painter Benozzo Gozzoli, whose figures attracted me.
Here is part of original painting:
I Salome's graceful figure and flowing dress, and the way he uses orange/reds, along with grayed greens and some blue in the shadows. His painting is much more attractive than my study, but I feel I learned something in doing the work.