Legends December 2008
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To the extent Mastro Auctions has ever declared any artwork to be "photorealistic," this offering perhaps surpasses them all. One of the finest artistic interpretations of Mickey Mantle the hobby has ever seen is presented in this a hyper-realistic, original charcoal pencil rendition by artist Intoy Ginez. Clearly, the craftsman's subtle shading techniques are beyond compare, a fact evidenced by the work's decidedly palpable presence. Upon viewing this most eloquent Mantle depiction, any observer would justifiably question its medium: is this an oversized photograph, or is it indeed an artistic sketch? Rest assured, the Hall of Fame subject has been made to appear frozen in time by the masterful use of light and dark pencil shades.
Intoy Ginez has chosen to depict Mantle as he was in 1951, the 19-year-old rookie's countenance resembling every bit of a youthful ballplayer. The meticulous attention to detail present in the athlete's likeness is further accentuated by the tiny freckles cast about Mantle's face. Consistent with the Yankees' uniform design of that year, an A.L. "Golden Anniversary" patch is drawn to adorn the left sleeve of Mickey's pinstriped Bombers jersey. Consequently adding to the item's real-from-life aesthetic is the fact that Ginez captures the diamond hero as if he were posing for the camera, and in doing so, the artist mimics nicely the natural uniform creases that take form as Mantle assumes his right-handed batter's position. This impressive work was drawn on a 19-1/2" x 29-1/4" piece of artist illustration board, which maintains NM-MT overall display properties. Ginez signed and dated the work ("Ginez '99"), at bottom left. Truly an incomparable work of art.
"Mickey Mantle" Original Artwork by Intoy Ginez
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