silverpoint drawing, first sitting

silverpoint drawing first sitting

Recently a metalpoint artist, Gordon Hanley, was featured at the Art Renewal website.  His goldpoint drawings got my attention.  Metalpoint is a medium using silver, gold, lead or any metal that can be rubbed off on a prepared support.  It was commonly employed during the Medieval period and faded nearly out of existence later during the 17th century when pencils became useful.  It was used by many artists including da Vinci and Botticelli amongst many others.  The luxury of charcoal pencils for drawing (which are erasable) make drawing much more forgiving that metal point which is not erasable.  I thought I would give metalpoint a careful try.  The snapshot above is a drawing from my first sitting using silverpoint.