Previously I posted four masterwork studies drawn by Fran O’Neill and I challenged you to identify them. I don’t have a good memory for names, but I did recognize the works in a general way, and I was impressed when you named all but one. I admit I didn’t recognize the landscape but the scene did look familiar. I asked Fran for clues about the landscape: “Orvieto is a hillside walled town perched in the Umbrian countryside. The Duomo there has incredible Signorelli frescoes, that apparently Michelangelo went to look at before starting the Sistine Chapel. NYSS used to host a summer program from there. I was lucky enough to be the administrator 2, maybe 3 times. The drawing was me taking a break from the class, sitting on the wall and drawing the view.” – Fran O’Neill So… evidently the place was art historic but the drawing wasn’t a masterwork study, it was an original O’Neill circa 2005. The drawing had been mistakenly grouped in with her masterwork studies on Instagram, so I mistakenly put it in the contest. There was no masterwork, other than the original O’Neill itself. Tomorrow’s post: Find out who is buried in Grant’s tomb! Hotel La Badia as viewed from OrvietoFran O’Neill’s study from the wall of Orvieto c. 2005 Fran O’Neill’s Landscapes class starts in 4 days! Can’t do Tuesday afternoons? You can watch recordings of the class on your own time, and we’ll schedule you for 1:1 feedback directly with the instructor. Click here to learn more. San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto Cathedral San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto Cathedral “The Duomo [in Orvieto] has incredible Signorelli frescoes, that apparently Michelangelo went to look at before starting the Sistine Chapel.” – Fran O’Neill Signorelli’s frescoes of the apocalypse were inspirations for Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. Signorelli painted gnashing of teeth and nasty awful tortury scenes of hell and heck and purgatory all over up and down that gosh darned ceiling. Click here to learn about the frescoes that inspired Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.