Description & Technical information

Drawn in 2005.

‘When I saw silverpoint for the first time, I was bowled over. I read that the masters used to prepare their gesso by burning chicken bones and mixing them with glue made of rabbit skins. This creates a rough surface to which the particles of silver adhere and act like microscopic mirrors reflecting the light. As the drawing progresses, the layer of silver thickens and begins to act like a mirror. It becomes increasingly difficult to gauge how far away from the drawing you’re standing. It ‘floats’ in the air, suffused with life and energy. Leonardo considered it the finest technique of all.’ (Victor Koulbak)

Date:  2005
Period:  21st century
Origin:  Russia
Medium: Silverpoint, Touches of watercolour
Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.9 cm (12¹/₂ x 10¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: W. M. Brady & Co., New York
Mark Murray, New York
Private collection, Madrid.
Exhibitions: New York, W. M. Brady & Co., Koulbak drawings, 2007.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints