Jun 22 2012

Props from Pompeii

Here are the props I found at Pompeii.

pompeii props
I hoped to find more busts of the julio-claudian emperors like the Ceasar bust I bought in Rome, but I had no luck. All I found was this little Augustus head.

pompeii props
Two plates. I’ll probably use the big one as a table.

pompeii props
Some new amphoras

pompeii props

pompeii props
The miniature of a flour mill.

pompeii props
The faun will be used for a water basin.

pompeii props
Priapus

pompeii props
A picture for size comparison


Jun 11 2012

Via San Gregorio Armeno

One of the biggest highlights in Naples was the Via San Gregorio Armeno. The street of the neapolitan christmas crib builders was a rich source of inspiration. Here are some pictures:

Via San Gregorio Armeno
Wood and cork are the main materials of the cribs

Via San Gregorio Armeno
The scenes take place in the 18th century. The Holy Family usually plays only a minor role, in the focus are the ordinary people – market women, artisans, knife-grinders, marketers, tavern keepers.

Via San Gregorio Armeno
The figures come in many scales.

Via San Gregorio Armeno
Look at all the great details.

Via San Gregorio Armeno
The heads are made from terracotta.

Via San Gregorio Armeno
Food made from wax. Little pieces of art. Via San Gregorio Armeno truely is a minature El Dorado.

You’ll find more pictures in the facebook album


Jun 4 2012

Herculaneum

Some pictures I took in Herculaneum:

herculaneum

herculaneum

herculaneum

herculaneum

herculaneum

See the album on facebook


May 31 2012

Oplontis

In the morning of my 3rd day I visited the Villa of Poppaea Sabina in Oplontis.That was great. I was the only visitor. It was very different from crowded Pompeii.

Oplontis

Oplontis

Oplontis

Oplontis

Oplontis

See the whole Album here.


May 29 2012

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

On my 2nd day I went to Naples to visit the National Museum.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

See the album here


May 28 2012

Pompeii

I’m back from my little trip to Pompeii.

pompeii

pompeii

pompeii

pompeii

pompeii

If you like to see more pictures, have a look at the Pompeii Album on the Memento Mori facebook page.


Jul 22 2011

Phelloplastik – Cork Models

Next I visited Schloss Johannisburg to see the collection of cork models made by Carl May and Georg May.

cork models

“BEARING ROME ACROSS THE ALPS …”
was the phrase coined when travellers to Italy and lovers of architecture brought back beautiful and costly models of ancient Italian architecture recreated in cork as souvenirs. Cork models as souvenirs and objects of study first appeared in Rome at the beginning of the classicist period in architecture which was coupled with a modern study of classical antiquity and a growing interest in the ancient world amongst educated Europeans (Grand Tour). Around 1800, cork was a material which was used frequently. Every eight to ten years, the cork oaks in Southern Europe were stripped of their cork. To make them suitable for models, the curved cork boards first had to be flattened for a long time in presses, before they could be shaped using a variety of sharp tools. But the pliable, porous cork was ideal material for faithfully portraying the stonework of buildings, battered by time. The precision was important, the scale and the proper appearance. Agusto Rosa, the Roman architect who earned himself an extra income producing models of from a wide variety of ruins in and around Rome, is generally considered to be the inventor of exact architectural modelling in cork. The theology professor from Würzburg, Franz Oberthür, who once visited Rosa during a trip to Italy, gave the new modelling technique the name of “Phelloplastik” (from the Greek: phello = cork).

cork models

Among those who followed in the wake of Agusto Rosa’s death, Antonio Chichi was the most successful representative of architectural cork modelling in Italy. His models were prized collectors items which in turn adorned art cabinets throughout the whole of Europe. The Nestor of German cork models was Carl May, a confectioner of the Court who cherished an interest in art. He came up with the brilliant idea of replacing the perishable decorations of icing, animal fat or coloured sand with his cork models, which he placed as festive decoration on the magnificent tables to inspire erudite conversation about historical monuments and works of art. These fascinating lifelike models, depicting classical works of architecture as well as German castles and ruins, soon became coveted collector’s items, thus finding their way from the table centrepiece into art cabinets all over Europe. They were not infrequently used for architectural studies. The fascinating art of sculpturing in cork, of Phelloplastik, saw only a very short life. For a brief period it blossomed, following the rise and fall of classicism in architecture.

cork models

If you like to see more, I posted my pictures of the collection on the AFD-Board

cork models


Jul 21 2011

Pompejanum

Yesterday I went to Aschaffenburg. It’s a 2 1/4 train ride with an ICE. I visited the Pompejanum, a replica of a Roman town house discovered in Pompeii commissioned by King Ludwig I. and opened in 1850. I arrived at 9:30 am so I was the first and only visitor, marvelous for taking pictures. Some of them will show up in upcoming chapters of Memento Mori. I took many pics and spent two hours there. Then the first school class arrived and I went on to Schloss Johannisburg to see the Phelloplastic exhibition…

Pompejanum

Pompejanum

Pompejanum

Pompejanum


Jun 2 2009

Inspiration

Now It’s time to start the new diorama project. I think I’m well prepared. Never did that much research for a project. I spend days on websites, watched a lot of footage and meanwhile I own a nice little library about ancient Rome and Amithi helped out with even more books. I visided some archeological sites in Germany and spend a week in Rome for some research at the origin. The HBO Show Rome war a rich source of inspiration. Furthermore I have to name Ostia Antica and the Museo della Civiltá Romana as places that ignited my imagination.
Here are some of my inspiration pictures.

inspiration


May 17 2009

Back from Rome

I’m back from my little trip to Rome. I found a lot of inspirations for my upcoming Rome project in Ostia Antica. My favourite museum was the Museo della Civiltà Romana. Guess why? Here are some pictures:

museo

museo

museo

museo

For the next couple of months I work in an agency. That means, there will be only a little spare time for the hobby. On all the boards and blogs I’ll be a rare guest, I think. But don’t worry, I’ll be back!
Expect updates to this blog on the weekends. I also had to put a lot of my custom projects on hold. I will use the little free time to focus on the Rome project.