Thumbs up..👍[scroll pics↔] At the Chelsea Arts Club yesterday evening, Original #BeatPoet Roger McGough leaving his DNA signature on our painting 'Said the Skeleton' in a thumbprint in the still wet resin.
The painting contains his poem 'Said the Skeleton'
A most unusual mark
It may seem strange but it is in a time honoured tradition... if you ever visit one of my favourite rooms in the world 'The Great Gallery' In the Wallace Collection in London, there is a painting by Poussin "A Dance to the Music of Time". 🎨
It was painted between about 1634 and 1636 as a commission for Giulio Rospigliosi (later Pope Clement IX), who according to Gian Pietro Bellori dictated its detailed iconography. However If you look a little more closely at it in the flesh you will see that it's surface is entirely covered in thumb prints!
It is the one element in Poussin's painting that has left art historians particularly baffled. It was assumed that these thumbprints were in the thick layer of varnish that covered the painting, and that once the picture was cleaned they would go away.
After the painting's cleaning in the 1980s, however, the thumbprints were even clearer than before: it was finally determined that the thumbprints were pressed into the ground of the painting while it was still wet, creating a strange texture all over the painting surface. Because Poussin was notorious for desiring total artistic control and hardly required the help of assistants, it is generally assumed that the print was Poussin's own. Roger & I think we know why Poussin did it.
Hope you enjoyed this story and don't forget to leave a bid on Roger and I's painting for 2 great causes. The Artists General Benevolent Institution (#AGBI) that was founded by JMW Turner to help artists in need and the Chelsea arts club trust for young artists starting out. Call Sarah and ref 'Totem and Taboo auction' at the Chelsea Arts Club on 0207 376 3311
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