TESTAMENT, oil, 60 x 50 cm
© Fergus A Ryan, 2017
This was an academic study painted from the figure over five days in Rome at the University of Washington's Rome Art Centre. The inspiration for the pose came from a hooded statue with a book in Campo de' Fiore. I reimagined the figure with something vaguely like the Book of Kells (the eighth-century illuminated Celtic New Testament Gospels in Latin at Trinity College Dublin). The two-week programme was directed by Joseph Todorovitch.