Anatomy of Melancholy I (2011)

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Author: Robert Burton (1577-1640)

 

This piece is the first of three pieces based on Robert Burton’s wonderfully written 17th century treatise on “melancholia,” or what is more frequently considered depression these days. He was a very well educated and literate writer in the days before systematic study of human psychology, and explored the causes, symptoms and treatment of melancholy in a very lyrical and often humorous prose.

The artwork is my first using solely a single line from start to finish, including the border; I used different sizes of pens to get darker or lighter, finer lines.  It is also by far the easiest to read! Just pick a point and go.

 

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