Here’s the fourth drawing and colour study I made in the series.
Increased taxes during the Angevin period in Italy had driven some of the population to looting and pillaging stately homes. The scene depicts the chaos of one such incident.
I made a sketch initially – trying to get some of the dynamism and horror across.
As an experiment I made a marquette to explore the lighting of the scene and to help me with the next stage of painting. I made this and completed the final painting in my spare time whilst working on a different project in Istanbul. I didn’t have much equipment with me for this painting but made do with what I could find.
For the painting I kept the colour palette quite limited and tried to keep the contrast high. My idea was to get some of the graphic violence partially concealed in shadows to make the viewer search for them. I kept in mind the idea that true horror is not in what is visible but what the mind conjures up.