by Elizabeth Briggs
DPhil Student, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Medium: Graphite on paper
Subject: Clio, Muse of History, Marble sculpture
Location: Ashmolean Museum, Greek and Roman Sculpture Gallery
Notes: My favourite way to appreciate an ancient sculpture is by attempting to render the piece itself. While my graphite pencil flits across the page I am instantly engaged with the subtle interplay of dark and light, the skillful way the sculpture has rendered soft fabric in hard stone, and the timeless gestures and postures which add movement and warmth to the static material.