Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shigeru Mizuki - God of Pestilence

Shigeru Mizuki - God of Pestilence

More works by Shigeru Mizuki were previously shared here.

Marian Wawrzeniecki (1863-1943)


Marian Wawrzeniecki - Enthralled, before 1928Enthralled, before 1928

Marian Wawrzeniecki - "The Medieval Dragon", 1912The Medieval Dragon, 1912

Marian Wawrzeniecki , "Fairy tale of the princess and the dragon" , 1904-1908Fairy Tale Of The Princess And The Dragon, 1904-1908

Marian Wawrzeniecki -The Victim In A Slavic BarrowThe Victim In A Slavic Barrow

Images found at The National Museum in Warsaw and Kultura Wiara.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Giorgio Comolo - Painting based on Jack Kirby's interior art from "The Demon" comic, 2002

Giorgio Comolo - Painting based on Jack Kirby's "The Demon" issue 14 double page spread, 2002

A selection of Jack Kirby's double page spreads from The Demon were recently shared here.

Jack Kirby - Double Page Spreads From "The Demon" 1972-73

Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 14, November 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 8, April 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 12, September, 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 13, October 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 9, June 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 7, March 1973 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 2, October 1972 Jack Kirby - Interior art from "The Demon" Issue 1, August:September 1972
"After the cancellation of his Fourth World titles at DC, Jack Kirby created a number of other properties for the company, none of which survived very long. One of these was the Demon, conceived as the demonic alter-ego of Jason Blood. Kirby borrowed the Demon’s look from a Prince Valiant comic strip in which that character donned a demon costume.

 In contrast with Kirby’s Fourth World work, his work during this period often blended genres in ways that can sometimes seem strange or arbitrary. Kirby’s The Demon mixed the supernatural and super-heroes. It may be seen as a noble experiment, in as much as it was essentially a supernatural title marketed for the super-hero audience. But Kirby’s super-hero aesthetics proved a strange mix, undermining the seriousness of the supernatural elements.

 The series lasted only 16 issues, but the Demon would begin appearing occasionally across the DC Universe, only a few years after his title’s cancellation. He would be more substantially revived in the 1980s, and he’s become a staple of the DC Universe ever since." - quote source

Friday, April 08, 2016

Arent van Bolten - Engravings, 1604-1616

Arent van Bolten - Engraving of grotesque ornamental creatures, 1604-16 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 20, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 1, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 2, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 10, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 3, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 5, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 14, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 12, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 8, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 11, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 18, 1604-1616
Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 15, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 19, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 8, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 16, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 13, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 17, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 7, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 6, 1604-1616 Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Creatures 4, 1604-1616
"The known facts of van Bolten’s life and work are few. He was born at Zwolle ca. 1573. He is known to have been in Italy in 1596 and 1602. By 1603 he was back in his home-town, where he married one Birgitta Lantinck. The couple had eight children. He was a silversmith by profession. At some point he moved with his family from Zwolle to Leeuwarden, where he died, ca. 1633.

Van Bolten’s reputation, however, rests mainly on his drawings, and in particular on the album in the British Museum that bears the title “BOLTEN VAN SWOL/TEEKENINGE” The drawings range from ornament, objects in precious metals, grotesque figures and monsters, to figural scenes from the Bible and mythology, the Shrovetide carnival, the commedia dell’arte and peasant life.

This album was compiled by an unknown collector ca. 1637, who had the drawings numbered, and grouped into thematic sections. ‘Some of van Bolten’s drawings of monsters and fanciful animals bear a resemblance to those in the prints of Christoph Jamnitzer […] and Wendel Dietterlin the Younger.’ Several of the designs in the album had been ‘turned into meticulously-faithful prints’ and published in Paris (between 1604 and 1616) by a Flemish-born printseller named Pierre Firens. The four images above are examples of these engravings. The last of them combines two of van Bolten’s drawings (nos. 151 and 152 in the album, shown below), into a single composition, embellished with farting monkeys.

 ‘A number of fantastic bronze animals have been attributed to van Bolten on the basis of stylistic similarities to his designs known from the drawings and the prints.’ Four different models have been documented. At least ten examples of the birdlike creature (the first image below) are known. Some of them seem to have been designed as novelty lamps, where the wick (and the flame) would come out of the creature’s mouth. Another figurine, of which just a single example is recorded, depicts a monster with a reptile’s head, a bird’s body and legs, with snail-shells in place of wings. The second image below shows a statuette with the head of a buffalo, the body of a frog, with stylised wings in place of forelegs, and the hind legs of a hoofed animal. It is not known whether these bronzes were van Bolten’s own work, or whether they were modelled from his drawings, or the engraved copies thereof."

 - quote taken from the long defunct but amazing Giornale Nuovo.

You'll notice the post on Bolten there was provoked by a previous post here on Bolten's works. Almost ten years later and I'm returning to deliver the best examples of Arent van Bolten that I've been able to dig up over the years.

See examples of Bolten's grotesque ornamental oil lamps here.
 Examples of Bolten's ink drawings can be found here.

Arent van Bolten - Ink Drawings, 1588 - 1633

Arent van Bolten - Man Astride a Fantastic Animal, 1580-1610
Arent van Bolten - Monster 166, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633
Arent van Bolten - Monster 201, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 186, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633
Arent van Bolten - Monster 164, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 184, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 200, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 190, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 204, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633 Arent van Bolten - Monster 207, from collection of 425 drawings, 1588-1633

Friday, April 01, 2016

Arent van Bolten - Bronze Grotesque Oil Lamp Sculptures, 16th - 18th C

Arent van Bolten - Oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 18th c

Arent van Bolten - Oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 18th c (view 4)

Arent van Bolten - Oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 18th c (view 2)

Arent van Bolten - Oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 18th c  (view 3)

Arent van Bolten - Oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 18th c (view 1)

Arent van Bolten - Bronze oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 1600-50

Arent van Bolten - Bronze oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 1610 -130

Arent van Bolten - Bronze oil lamp in shape of a Grotesque Animal, 1610-30

Arent van Bolten - Bronze Monster, 1610-30 (view 2).jpg

Arent van Bolten - Bronze Monster, 1610-30 (view 1)

Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Animal, view 1

Arent van Bolten - Grotesque Animal, view 2

Arent van Bolten - Bronze oil lamp in shape of grotesque creature, 1610-30

Arent van Bolten - Bronze oil lamp in shape of grotesque creature, 17th c

Arent van Bolten - Flemish Bronze Oil Lamp of Grotesque Head, 1573 - 1625,

"The known facts of van Bolten’s life and work are few. He was born at Zwolle ca. 1573. He is known to have been in Italy in 1596 and 1602. By 1603 he was back in his home-town, where he married one Birgitta Lantinck. The couple had eight children. He was a silversmith by profession. At some point he moved with his family from Zwolle to Leeuwarden, where he died, ca. 1633.

Van Bolten’s reputation, however, rests mainly on his drawings, and in particular on the album in the British Museum that bears the title “BOLTEN VAN SWOL/TEEKENINGE” The drawings range from ornament, objects in precious metals, grotesque figures and monsters, to figural scenes from the Bible and mythology, the Shrovetide carnival, the commedia dell’arte and peasant life.

This album was compiled by an unknown collector ca. 1637, who had the drawings numbered, and grouped into thematic sections. ‘Some of van Bolten’s drawings of monsters and fanciful animals bear a resemblance to those in the prints of Christoph Jamnitzer […] and Wendel Dietterlin the Younger.’ Several of the designs in the album had been ‘turned into meticulously-faithful prints’ and published in Paris (between 1604 and 1616) by a Flemish-born printseller named Pierre Firens. The four images above are examples of these engravings. The last of them combines two of van Bolten’s drawings (nos. 151 and 152 in the album, shown below), into a single composition, embellished with farting monkeys.

‘A number of fantastic bronze animals have been attributed to van Bolten on the basis of stylistic similarities to his designs known from the drawings and the prints.’ Four different models have been documented. At least ten examples of the birdlike creature (the first image below) are known. Some of them seem to have been designed as novelty lamps, where the wick (and the flame) would come out of the creature’s mouth. Another figurine, of which just a single example is recorded, depicts a monster with a reptile’s head, a bird’s body and legs, with snail-shells in place of wings. The second image below shows a statuette with the head of a buffalo, the body of a frog, with stylised wings in place of forelegs, and the hind legs of a hoofed animal. It is not known whether these bronzes were van Bolten’s own work, or whether they were modelled from his drawings, or the engraved copies thereof."

- quote taken from the long defunct but amazing Giornale Nuovo.

You'll notice the post on Bolten there was provoked by a previous post here on Bolten's works. Almost ten years later and I'm returning to deliver the best examples of Arent van Bolten that I've been able to dig up over the years.  The following post will delve into a vast array of Bolten's drawings and prints.


Sources include RijksmuseumVictoria and Albert Museum and Lempertz Auction House.