CMA Staff Pick: Thomas Ruple
Oh, hello there — I'm Thomas Ruple, a preparator in the curatorial department. My role involves designing, hanging, and lighting shows, as well as caring for the parts of the collection not currently on display. I love the hands-on and ever-evolving nature of my position at the CMA!
Among the impressive works in our collection, one of my personal favorites is Guido Cagnacci’s painting David Holding Goliath’s Head. The lifelike quality achieved through the artist's figurative technique, blending softness and faithful representation, is truly captivating. This artwork serves as a masterful illustration of tenebrism, a popular lighting approach during Cagnacci's time.
Moreover, I find this painting intriguing as it raises significant questions about traditional masculinity, astute leadership, and the shifting dynamics of societal roles. It continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration for me.