A friend told me recently that maybe I'm not so much an artist interested in history, but more of a historian with artistic skills. Its an intriguing idea - along the lines of the gentleman naturalists of the 19th century (Audubon for example).
I admire these works for the stylized realism and also that they strive to introduce the visual richness of the world. I want my images to have the same quality and serve the same purpose. Since the research is important to me - I'm on a mission to find a suitable way to share the historical information beyond the imagery.
The naturalists often composed stunning notebooks filled with detailed descriptions that complemented the images. I'll be visiting the Morgan library in NYC to see if there are notebooks that I can view. Or maybe illuminated manuscripts.