Τετάρτη, 30 Ιουλίου 2014

Gaetano Giulio Zumbo (1656-1701)


Gaetano Giulio Zumbo (1656-1701) was an Italian sculptor in wax or wax modeller of the Baroque era. His main talents are not those generally considered as an artistic, but would now be viewed as the creation of scientific models, but they were highly regarded as curiosity pieces in his time. He created a series of five morbid models, almost a memento mori, depicting the progressive Corruption after death, beginning with a dying man, followed by a corpse, a corpse just starting to decompose, half corrupt, another completely corrupt, and finally eaten by worms. Ηe travelled to Paris, and there presented to the Academy of Sciences, a wax sculpture of the head with naturalistic depiction of veins, arteries, nerves, glands, and muscles.






effects of the plague

wax diorama depicting dead from plague placed in a pit, attributed to Gaetano Giulio Zumbo 






Κυριακή, 20 Ιουλίου 2014

Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl


Ahasuerus at the End of the World (1888)
 Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl (1860–1933) was a Hungarian artist known for historical and mythological painting, particularly of subjects pertaining to ancient Rome. Some of his major history paintings have been lost, and many of his smaller works were retained by his heirs until the early 1980s. Some of his paintings are considered Symbolist. Ahasuerus at the End of the World (1888) is executed in a restricted palette of blue, gray, black, white, with touches of gold and lingering warmth in the flesh of the foregrounded female nude. The title figure "is the last man in the polar wilderness, caught between the angel of hope and the specter of death. Before him lies a fallen female figure, the personification of dead humanity, as crows circle ominously. … The primary light appears to radiate from the distant angel, who hovers before a stormy sky."

Souls on the Banks of the Acheron (1898)

Wanderings of Odysseus (1933)

Death and the maiden (1900)

Achille’s Grave