One of the downsides of seeing artwork virtually vs. in person is how difficult it is to get a sense of the scale of the piece. I recall my shock when I stumbled upon Primavera by Botticelli at the Uffizi gallery in Florence. I had only seen it in art books. I thought it was 3′ x 4′ or smaller. Instead it took up a full wall at 80″ x 124″. What a statement!
I was just as shocked the first time I saw the Mona Lisa, but for the opposite reason. It is significantly smaller than my imagination at 30″ H x 21″ W. If you have seen the Mona Lisa in person, then you have a good sense of the scale of my current work in progress, Turbulence. It will finish at similar size to the Mona Lisa.
When I blow up an image of Turbulence, so you can see the detail of the piecing and fabric choices, it certainly looks as though it is more on the scale of Primavera than the Mona Lisa. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but seeing a work in person vs. on the computer makes a big difference when it comes to understanding the scale.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.