How can we deal with the issue of the aesthetics of byzantine art in contemporary drawing ?
It involves portraying Evangelical episodes where the human body – and more specially the transubstantiated body – should be staged and dealt with in terms of plasticity. Flesh nihilism, folds of robes, symbols and stylization of shapes, enhance the duality between body and soul, but also question materiality as much as the realism of representation.
Extreme simplication of forms allows the iconographic figure to stand out in space and impose itself as a Divine presence.
This legacy comes from a codified aesthetics. Static bodies stand out well against large stretches of color with strong outlines.
Priorization of space, mannerism and hierarchical perspective would overcome realism and give way to the spirituality.