Brooklyn-based Donato Giancola has just released a new DVD which documents his processes as he creates a tribute to Joan of Arc, whose 600th birthday will be celebrated later this year. The four hour long instructional video follows the award-winning illustrator from the first, abstract concept sketches, all the way through to the final glazes. Filmed and edited by Aaron Fagerstrom, the same person behind Donato's The Mechanic, Joan of Arc promises to offer the same detail and insight as that which made his first video so successful.
"The desire to create a painting about Joan of Arc had been flittering about in my sketchbook for years," says Donato, "ever since returning from a visit to France and the region of Burgundy where she lived. Thus when considering what subject matter to tackle for my second step-by step process DVD, Joan was an obvious choice, not withstanding the celebration of her 600th birthday occurring in this year, 2012."
"Rather than portray her in an overly heroic pose, I pursued an image which entwines her in the political forces at play during her brief fame and martyrdom - the noblility of France and England, the Church, and the common Frenchman."
"... it was my intent to use ambiguity to stress the complexities of the forces which shaped Joan of Arc. Are we here at her moment of triumph at Orleans embraced by a sympathetic French Nobleman? Or at her capture outside of Compiegne a little over a year later by the Burgundians? Is the Clergyman bowing in awe and prayer, or attempting to strip Joan of the symbol of her Faith? Is that arm supporting the banner, or pulling it down?"
The DVD is available for $49.95 from Pijjen Media, or directly from Donato Giancola.
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"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying." ~ Joan of Arc