Total composition time thus far: 1 hour
Adoration of the Shepherds by Francois Boucher, 1750 (image 1)
Before converting the original to grayscale, I felt that many of the characters popped out. There's a lot going on in the image and it became difficult to read some of the details after the conversion. I noticed a distinct "J" leading the eyes, from the face of virgin Mary > right, to the group opposite her > then up, to the faces in the heavens.
Descent from the Cross - detail 1 by Rosso Fiorentino, 1521 (image 2)
I enjoyed the rough edges of this piece. It's a style I'd love to be able to emulate in the future. The lighting makes me think of a strong sunset, or nearing sunset. I really love the strong lines and edges through this one.