American Academy in Rome Project


The impulse for my project began when a drawing of a film still, from the Ingmar Bergman film, Cries and Whispers, with a focus on the Pietà, the bare breast and the embrace, was included in a recent exhibition in New York City.

Each Age a Lens (Emily Dickinson), graphite.

This drawing was the beginning of the American Academy project in Rome, related to the bare breast strand, a detail I sketched from a painting, Yale Art Gallery, Artemisia Prepares to Drink the Ashes of Her Husband Mausolus, Unknown artist, Florence, mid-seventeenth century, graphite, 2019.

I became fascinated with the funerary fragments in the Cortile, related to the female figure. Torso, graphite, 2019

Another strand of my proposed project was the sky. Sky from the Cortile, graphite, 2019

Funerary Fragment from the Cortile, graphite, 2019

Color inventories of the sky and bruised pink for under the sky, Color Inventories, Rome, watercolor, 2019

Color note from the Villa Aurelia garden, Found Blossom (left) and Color Note (right), blossom with foliage (collage), watercolor, silverpoint on tinted prepared surface, 2019

Funerary inscription from the Cortile, Phryne, Weaver, Africana, Seventeen Years of Age, frottage, 2019


From a funerary inscription from the Cortile, Ann (for my sister), frottage, 2019

Pietà, Bare Breast, Shroud, Sky

Inside (doorsien), graphite

Votive figure in the Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy


Sky, graphite


Venus at the Forge of Vulcan, Anthony van Dyck and Studio, ca, 1639, Yale Art Gallery, detail study, graphite, 2020


Shroud, graphite

Allegory of the Night, Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio, 1565, pencil study (detail), Galleria Colonna

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