"Melancholia II" oil on canvas by John M Robinson

I am interested in the 18th Century tradition of making engravings after oil paintings. I want to make oil paintings from engravings. I also want to subvert their meaning. This painting is after Albrecht Durer’s print ‘Melancholia 1’. The subversion is using my own image as the allegorical figure of Melancholia, switching the magical square to binary code. I was interested here in making a painting which was a meeting point between renaissance understanding of Melancholia and my own 21st century experience of Bipolar disorder.













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