Todi from the Rocca
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Todi from the Rocca 1910 - 1912
  • Scottish Art
This pastel drawing depicts the Italian town of Todi in Umbria. The ‘rocca’ of the title is the town’s medieval fortress and highest point. This drawing shows the view of the town as seen from the fortress, with the Tevere valley below. Bone visited Italy from 1910-12 - it was his first prolonged visit abroad. This drawing is very different from the precise, architectural etchings with which Bone is normally associated. The expressionistic treatment of the landscape is reminiscent of the Spanish artist El Greco.

Glossary Open

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Expressionism

A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.

Pastel

A drawing material made from ground pigment bound with enough gum or resin to hold it together in a stick, often smudged on paper to produce soft, atmospheric effects.

Etching, Expressionism, Pastel

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 937
  • Medium Pastel on paper
  • Size 24.30 x 36.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Sir Alexander Maitland 1965