Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Philosopher in his Study

The Philosopher looks like he is locked up in a jail cell but that wasn't part of the story at all. The grating on the window is to keep out thieves, ruffians, and gangsters as he is on the ground floor. I suppose he could be in prison and might have landed there if he continued carrying on against Christianity. This character portrait and background were done in the same painstaking ink and watercolor technique that I used for the other illustrations of my Byzantine tale.

Brown and grey ink and watercolor, 8 1/2" x 4 1/2", January 25,1975. Click for a larger view.


Texchanchan said...

People would steal his books to sell for palimpsests, or to burn. Or in some few cases, to possess and gloat over.

Texchanchan said...

After I do about 3 comments it starts showing me pictures of things to verify. I guess I look like a robot that's learned to check the "I am not a robot" square.