2D Animation

The National Gallery is collaborating with Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design on 'Transcriptions: Animation’, an innovative new project which involves postgraduate animation students producing short films inspired by the Gallery’s collection. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Gallery.

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From the Film Maker

‘The Rocking of Venus’ is a story about the beauty of movement. In my hand-drawn animation the character is a girl, a dancer rehearsing alone.

In his painting, Velázquez does not depict the face of Venus: he merely shows it as a reflected shadow in a mirror. To convey this visually, my character is initially shown in parts and is then masked. As Venus is the goddess of beauty and love, she expresses her beauty through her passion for dance. Dance is one of the highest expressions of beauty and vitality. The body becomes energy and releases this energy through lines traced in the air. The colour transition will accompany us into her inner world which, when she dances, becomes a space free from external interferences. She becomes movement herself through swirling lines in a space between reality and dream, where no beginning or end exist.


Silvia Sardellaro

A piece inspired by Velázquez, The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus'), 1647-51

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My Willowed Friend
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The Rocking of Venus
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The Big Catch
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A Girl at a Window
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Passing By
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Frank Swan
Sundae Afternoon
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The House of Cards
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The Astronomer
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La Messicole
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Man is a Bubble
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Bubblegum Splash
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Mark Abbott
Window Seat
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Cecile Elsass
Pop Wild
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Chris Colman
Moulin Huet Bay
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Sam Watterson
Silent Note
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CreatUba
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Marko Horvat
Who Determines
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Elodie
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Vulgate
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Mark Pilbeam
Secret Santa
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Away
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The Long Way Home
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Identity
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Marian Femenias Moratinos
Magic Bubbles
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Escape
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Leslie Pochat-Cottilloux
Enticement
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Panagiota Chaidogiannou
The Alchemist
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Emily Braham
Study Door
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Rachel Thorn
Firefly
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Sarah Dexter
Bacchus and Ariadne
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Claudia Walde
Clouds
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Hungry for Love
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Kimberly Alexander
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