textures of cerebria

“you offer us textures, showerings –
gifts from the sun, moon and comets -” – textures of cerebria

Textures from the realm of cerebria. This is an ongoing folio of digital photomontages commenced in November 2020. (Archival prints are available up to A2 size.)

Here is a clavis, or key, to the realm of cerebria.

(There are earlier folios about cerebria and its inhabitants: fishes of cerebria, fires of cerebria, tales from cerebria, and postcards from cerebria.)

The works in this folio use background images by Max Hutzel (1911-1988), who photographed in Italy from the early 1960s until his death. The result of this exhaustive and elegant project (over 72,000 images) was referred to by Hutzel as Foto Arte Minore – a documentation of art historical developments in Italy up to the 18th century.

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textures of cerebia no. 1

no. 2

textures of cerebia no. 2

no. 3

textures of cerebia no. 3

no.4

textures of cerebria no. 4

no.5

textures of cerebria no. 5

no.6

textures of cerebria no. 6

no.7

textures of cerebria no. 7


Image Sources:

“no. 01” – Figure: from G. Scotin, “An écorché figure, front view, with left arm extended, showing the outermost layers of the muscles”, engraving, 1747 (after Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, 1697-1770). Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Latina–Sermoneta–Castello Caetani, Image 11”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 02” – Goose: from Nicolaes de Bruyn, “Swan and geese and ducks”, engraving, 1594 – 1644. Horse and rider (left): from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Frosinone–Veroli–S. Andrea Apostolo, Cathedral, Image 87” (metalwork box), 1960 – 1990”. Bird (right): from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Frosinone–Veroli–S. Andrea Apostolo, Cathedral, Image 77” (metalwork box), 1960 – 1990”. Crest (left): from Max Hutzel, “Tuscany–Siena–Montalcino–Museo Diocesano, Image 150”, 1960 – 1990”. Crest (right): from Max Hutzel, “Tuscany–Siena–Montalcino–Museo Diocesano, Image 151”, 1960 – 1990”. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Umbria–Perugia–Schifanoia–S. Michele Arcangelo, Image 17”, 1960 – 1990. (All Hutzel photos credit Getty Open Content Program.)

“no. 03” – Peacock: from Nicolaes de Bruyn, “Two peacocks and turkey”, engraving, 1594. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Roma–Rome–S. Pudenziana, Image 79”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 04” – Jester: from Petrus Camper (possibly), “Jester with a whisk in his hand“, engraving, 1735. Diagram on wall: from “Orbits of the August and November Meteor Showers. (Orbits of Comets III., 1862, and I., 1866.)” (Fig. 284 from the book “Spectrum analysis in its application to terrestrial substances, and the physical constitution of the heavenly bodies”, authors: Heinrich Schellen, Caroline Lassell, Jane Lassell. Longmans, Green and Co., 1885). Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Latina–Bassiano–Santuario del SS. Crocifisso, Image 5”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 05” – Man: from the book by Helkiah Crooke, “Sōmatographia anthrōpinē. Or a description of the body of man / By artificiall figures representing the members, and fit termes expressing the same”, 1616. Two diagrams on wall: from the book by Wilem Jacob’s Gravesande, “Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata. Sive Introductio ad philosophiam Newtonianam”, 1742. Snake: from Anon., “Eagle and snake“, engraving, Antwerp, 1670. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lombardy–Milano–Milan–S. Ambrogio, Image 19”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 06” – Man: from the book by Helkiah Crooke, “Sōmatographia anthrōpinē. Or a description of the body of man / By artificiall figures representing the members, and fit termes expressing the same”, 1616. Moon: from John Adams Whipple and James Wallace Black, “The Moon”, salted paper print from glass negative, 1857–60. Goose: from Anon., “A goose”, watercolour, Kalighat painting, Calcutta. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Roma–Rome–S. Paolo, Image 786”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 07” – Shrine: from clay sculpture by the artist. Figures: from “Human skin tattooed with fruit, snake, figures and leopard, French, 1850-1920, purchased from La Valette in 1929”, Science Museum London. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Basilicata–Matera–Matera–S. Lucia alle Malve, Image 2”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.