20 Apr 2015

whatevermortal: (britta)
Newly Discovered Sketchbooks of Publius Scipio to End Long-Standing Mystery
Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus | Ancient History RPF | G | ~500 words | AO3 link
In which Scipio is a famous Renaissance painter most famous for his portraits of his former master Hannibal. Who he was banging. Obviously.

So much love to the Hannibal/Scipio nonny on FFA who got me excited about these two <3

I am super new to Hannibal/Scipio and know next to nothing about the Renaissance period & art history, so please excuse any factual errors. (Although feel free to educate me! I will enjoy it & be very grateful, I promise!) On account of, yknow, Scipio not doing anything to earn "Africanus" in this 'verse & my unfamiliarity with Renaissance Italian naming conventions, I decided that the easiest thing to do was leave him as PCS II. Oh, and I've added a series tag because I'm hoping to write a proper AU, but we'll see how I go with that, I guess.

The "oil painting" is a manip of this image, because Alexander Siddig is forever my Hannibal. I couldn't have made it without this Photoshop tutorial.





Sketchbooks claimed to be those of Renaissance painter Scipio have been sent for authentication by experts at the Louvre )
whatevermortal: (f.u.c.k.)
I got a bit excited about that oil painting filter thing that I used for that last post, so uh have some notes/a timeline and a bit more of artist!Scipio's masterpieces? For a given definition of masterpieces, since I'm mostly taking screencaps from Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (which is a v interesting docudrama FYI) and manipulating them a lil.

I've been thinking a lot about this AU for the last few days, trying to figure out how exactly it would all work. My research into Renaissance artists tells me the age to begin an apprenticeship is around 10-12 (it's unusual, but not unheard of for it to begin earlier). Depending on the city, the length of apprenticeships is generally 2-3 years and they work up from menial duties & sketching to helping with backgrounds/minor figures in their masters' paintings & painting their own works. Once they complete the apprenticeship, they become a journeyman, who I gathered kinda just wanders around looking for inspiration to paint a masterpiece, which they would then submit to a board of some sort that decided whether they were good enough to be a master (& therefore get to have their own workshop).

So, from that, I decided that Scipio was 10 when he became apprenticed to Hannibal and... )

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