"La Giostra" (Merry-Go-Round/ Carousel) - Original Pastel Painting
This pastel and charcoal drawing is one of the current Italy-inspired series, specifically of Florence (Firenze, Italia, as she is known in her own language). The title of this original artwork is "La Giostra" which means "merry-go-round" or "carousel."
One viewer remarked that this is a cool merry-go-round because it invites all ages. The kids will enjoy riding on the horse while
the grown-ups can snuggle up in the moon-shaped carriage. In reality, I first fell in love with this giostra in
Piazza della Repubblica when I noticed that there was a painting of a bare-breasted woman on the inner wall, between the
mirrors. I cannot imagine that even existing in America and I found that quite charming.
However, for various reasons, I decided to replace her with a male nude figure (except for his headband). I borrowed him from
Michelangelo, as a nod to one of the most famous offspring from the Renaissance City.
"La Giostra" is 23 x 17 inches. The pastel and charcoal drawing was created on the Roma-brand paper that I brought back to
Texas from Florence, Italy. I hope you enjoy this artwork.
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