Life in the Old World II.

Some great images here by Breugel, William Strang and others, including contributions sent to me by Neil and Nathan Naskin. Some really interesting things going on in the background of these as well as their central subject matter.  



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  1. Nice!
    Quite a few modelling ideas in there...

    I simply in awe of Bruegel and his contemporaries... Speaking of which: here´s a flippin´great Hieronymus Bosh gallery:
    http://www.hieronymus-bosch.org/

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    1. Yes, it's a great resource that. Thanks for posting it.

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  2. Cheers Tim

    The two groups of skull headed pilgrims meeting on stilts is such a striking image....Hmmmm if I hadn't already started I would swap my Mercenaries for pilgrims.

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    1. They're really great, aren't they? I thought the fish-hag was a fortuitous find.

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  3. mercenaries? Is Mordheim around the corner?

    Great collection of pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Alexander - Realms of Chaos rather than Mordheim.

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  4. Thanks Fulgrim, for unearthing and posting all these treasures :)
    It always amazes me how similar medieval and renaissance art (or any classical art for that matter) is to modern day fantasy and comic art. Yet the latter still struggle to be recognised as such.

    @Jeff Vader: Nice link. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Vision persists and archetypes re-emerge (or perhaps never go away). :-) Modern fantasy and comics are merely the latest incarnation of the long tradition of narrative and imaginative art. I actually think that the lack of "Serious" recognition is somewhat of a good thing, the position of Fantasy Art today doesn't allow for much of the pomp and pretension that often surround Fine Art. So it's much more sincere and pure and when it tackles serious themes it's because of the artist's volition rather than an obligation to be serious.

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  5. Breugel's amazing. You'd think of plentiful fishing as a good thing, but he really manages to make it feel like something weird and obscene, an unnatural bounty that flouts the laws of Nature (and God). In short, the stuff of Chaos.

    Strang's illustration ties nicely with WarHammer on a narrative level too, those are Sin and Death from "Paradise Lost", the original Ruinous Powers guarding the doors to Old Night (again, Chaos).

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    1. yes, quite right - thanks for sending me the links to those.

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  6. The Breugal is just wonderful, I bet you could fill entire series of life in the old world posts with his work.

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    1. Stunning, isn't it? I've been sitting on this one for a while.

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    2. weirdly enough i just found this pic.. i wonder if the two are connected .. not sure who its by .. bosch ?

      https://gimmebar-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/505a414104827.jpg

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    3. Bloodi hell, what an amazing thing. I wonder if it's Albrecht Altdorfer - there's a double-a signature stamp at the bottom in the text.

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    4. What a stunning image. Mountains and sky do look a bit like Altdorfer's. Truly exceptional and weird (is that a headless horse barely drawn to the left of the whale? the wormlike creature used in the background as a table is unlike anything else from that period too).

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    5. Ha ha , i uploaded he pic to google image ..it tunrs out its a contemporary piece by agostino arrivabene I found his work a while back , but i only remember seeing his oils.. its entitled "Ars haruspicinae" A great artist.

      http://www.agostinoarrivabene.it/drawings.php?idD=53

      http://www.agostinoarrivabene.it/

      http://secretlexicon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/agostino-arrivabene.html

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    6. Wow, no way! - this is an amazing find :)

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    7. Less keen on some of his other works, but there's some excellent things in there.

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    8. Thanks a lot for the links. Not a huge fan of his more surrealist things either, but many others are great and the evocation of Renaissance Fantasy is amazing. Never would have thought that drawing was by a contemporary artist.

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    9. Arrivabenes oils remind me a bit of Barlowe´s hell:

      http://waynebarlowe.wordpress.com/artwork/hell/

      Not half as cool though...

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    10. Wow - some great things in here. Thanks, Mr.V.

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    11. It´s a really great book - unfortunately it´s out of print and therefore quite hard to get hold of. Unless you´re prepared to put out 500 dollars for it that is:
      http://www.amazon.com/Barlowes-Inferno-Wayne-Barlowe/dp/B0011T0F36/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367335294&sr=8-1&keywords=barlowe%27s+inferno

      Oh well...

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  7. imaginative im not sure about but narrative does come to the fore as i always felt art was divided into painting and illustration - i was always inspired bi woodcuts, engravings and methods of reproducing illustrations for a wider audience than painting - durer, burgkmair, albinus, piranesi, bewick, rackham, beardsley, dore, up to the present with ian miller have been mi muse and therefore played a substantial part in the development of mi own art - stuff like this is for me the springboard of inspiration .....

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    1. You can't help but be roused by a skull in a crown, though, right? And the Breugel is a masterpiece of the abject horror of excess. I love the fish on legs in the background running off clutching another fish in his mouth.

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  8. and goyas war etchings or peakes treasure island .....

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    1. Peake's brilliant. A lot in common between 40K and Gormenghast too.

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  9. shades of all this stuff in mordheim ....

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  10. Yeah, Mordheim's a real treasure-trove of imagery.

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  11. flagellants on stilts - skulls for heads - easy peasy ......

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  12. These are gorgeous - are those gloom skulls in the sky above the last one?

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    1. Yeah, batwing gloomskulls! I like the skeleton's furry daemon mount, too.

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