Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Book A Day 'Til Halloween #26... Back to the Bones

Enough gross pumpkins. It got cold yesterday, so Fail Whale is hanging on for just a bit longer. Still don't know if he'll make it to Halloween--fingers crossed that he will. In the mean time, it's still all about the bones here. Bones and skeletons have fascinated people for centuries--but don't take my word for it:



One of the things I love about Dover Editions is that we now have access to so many old texts. If you've ever seen Holbein's portraits, you know what an amazing artist he is--but in his own time, woodcuts are what he was most famous for. I love these skeletons because they have personality. Some are sinister, definitely--but others are having a good time. Hey, does anyone remember the movie Legend with Tim Curry, Mia Sara and Tom Cruise? There are a few scenes that had this AWESOME clock with a dancing skeleton... BTW, the soundtrack--both the original scored by Jerry Goldsmith (traditional fairy tale music) and the mod version featuring Tangerine Dream are pretty awesome (IMHO).

Two more days of CREEPY CAKE left!

3 comments:

  1. Why is it that all woodcuts I've seen are of scary things? Didn't anyone make a woodcut of rainbows and puppies?

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  2. You know, I don't know... How about these: http://www.godecookery.com/clipart/animals/clanim.htm

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