Last Judgment, Hans Memling, 1467 – 1471
One of the earliest works of the Flemish master, Hans Memling. One side, of little interest, shows the souls of the righteous calmly queuing up to Heaven’s gate. The right panel depicts monstrous demonic figures shoveling the Damned into Hell’s brackish pits.
Clear, deep coloration creates a rich contrast between the two opposed realms of the dead. This piece is an excellent example of the emerging trend especially in Flemish works of exquisite textural details in oil work.
The Little Book of Cosmic Horrors
Rammstein – Angst
Rammstein has been releasing amazing music videos lately. End of speech.
Stuck In My Head…
As a violinist, some of my favorite composers include Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, and Purcell–masters of harmonious and passionate string composition. Though I have played professionally in the past, I have always considered myself a mediocre musician. I would sell my soul (again) for the ability to properly play Purcell.
This fantasia by Purcell has been stuck in my head all week. Maybe if I post it here, it will get unstuck.
Head of Medusa – Benedetto Pistrucci, 1840-1850
Red jasper mounted in gold with white enamel. Inspired by the Rondanini Medusa in the Munich Glyptothek. This 5.3cm x 5.3cm masterwork features such fine details that are barely visible to the naked eye. Close inspection shows deep carved intricacies of hair, feathers, and other embellishments.
Durer: The Sea Monster and the Beast (1497)
Selections from Clavis Artis, C. XVII/XVIII
The Arrival of Demons, Khadim Ali b. 1978
Angelic Bodies of Roberto Ferri
NeoBaroque master Roberto Ferri, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome. These three examples present Baroque and Classical ideals of the male figure in exaggerated musculature which is dramatically contoured in the chiaroscuro.
Find his virtual gallery here.