Jul 31 2011

XL. Strange Behavior

Here’s the new chapter. Sorry for the little delay.

strange behavior

The main scene takes place in the kitchen of the Scaevinus house. I worked again with a rear-projection. The two pictures of the background were taken in the APX Xanten Milichus was introduced in chapter I. It’s a custom head, found on ebay Spain. His wife is the Jennifer figure from Dragon. Tacitus didn’t mention her name, I call her Quinta.

strange behavior

The library scene works with a rear-projection too. I took the background pictures in the Museo della Civiltà Romana

strange behavior

The other flashback pictures were taken in front of the usual Scaevinus background with the little poster showing the fresco from the villa Livia.

And here are the 4 new pages:
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You may like to have a look on the last seasons. Here is the content page:
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Jul 25 2011

Projekt 52: KW30 – The Big Blue

Als ich das Thema The Big Blue vorgeschlagen habe, dachte ich natürlich an den Ocean und das Tauchen. Da man aber nicht wissen kann, ob ein Vorschlag dann auch Eingang in die Themenliste findet, habe ich meine Bildidee dann schon in Thema 3 Lieblingsfarbe verbraten. An der Besetzung des Themas durch Ocean und Tauchen hat sich nichts geändert, aber natürlich wollte ich nicht wieder die gleichen Bilder machen, deshalb bleibt mein MiniMe diesmal an der Wasseroberfläche.

big blue

big blue


Jul 23 2011

XXXIX. Conclusions

The new chapter is online now. This week it’s a big one consisting of 9 pages. The chapter follows a classic Sherlock Holmes dramaturgy. The detective reveals his findings.

conclusions

The scene takes place at the termopolio. I like the eating-thing with all the Re-Ment food.

conclusions

We have a lot of flashback pictures in this chapter. Most of them we know already from older chapters, but there are some new pics as well. For the “big fire” image I used a shot I took in Rome showing the ruin of an insula. I used the Filter Mania fire filter on my iPhone for the effect.

conclusions

Tigellinus in his gardens is a photomontage.

conclusions

And we see Birdface in this chapter. I used the Chan Ada Se7en John Doe/Kevin Spacey head for the character. In the flashbacks we see Marcus talking about the case. I like this way of revealing the facts.

conclusions

And here are the 9 new pages:
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You may like to have a look on the last seasons. Here is the content page:
Table of Content
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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


Jul 19 2011

Projekt 52: KW29 – Gepunktet

Dotted

gepunktet

Schwierige Entscheidungen – gestreift oder gepunktet?


Jul 16 2011

XXXVIII. Thrasea

The new chapter is online now. Marcus meets senator Thrasea and gets some new information about the murdered senator Laelius. And later we find out, how Birdface looks.

thrasea

For the background of the Thrasea set I used a cardboard, printed with floral pattern and a Greek wallpaper border. The table is a candleholder with a little Egyptian plate on top.

thrasea

Senator Publius Clodius Thrasea Paetus is played by Al Pacino. This is the Bagheria / Godfather head from ArtFigures.

thrasea

In the second scene we return to the workshop of the sculptor Sulpicius Castor to see the portrait of Birdface. (a Chan Ada head) If you like, to do a little detective work, search for Birdface in the past chapters. He appeared five times. Sometimes hard to find, because we see only a small part of him. Can you find him and solve the mystery? Then drop a line in the comments.

And here are the 6 new pages:
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You may like to have a look on the last seasons. Here is the content page:
Table of Content
Inhaltsverzeichnis


Jul 11 2011

Projekt 52: KW28 – Postkartenmotiv

Postcard Scene
In einer fernen analogen Vergangenheit habe ich Diaabende veranstaltet. Da kam es dann manchmal vor, dass es hier und da ein “Ah” und “Oh” gab, gefolgt von dem Satz: “Das ist ja ein echtes Postkartenmotiv.” Meist kam das bei Landschaftsbildern und oft auch bei Sonnenuntergängen vor, aber eigentlich nie, wenn ich selbst auf dem Bild zu sehen war. Deshalb muss mein MiniMe dann auch mal wieder hinter die Kamera.

postcards


Jul 9 2011

XXXVII. Dungeon

The new chapter is online now, featuring the new dungeon location.

dungeon

And here are the 4 new pages:
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You may like to have a look on the last seasons. Here is the content page:
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Jul 4 2011

Projekt 52: KW27 – Fruchtig

Fruity

Mein Fundus an Früchten in 1:6 ist leider sehr begrenzt. Er besteht im Wesentlichen aus ein paar Orangen und ein paar Zitronen. Die Orangen hab ich schon in Woche 16 verbraten. Deshalb habe ich mich in dieser Woche für Orangensaft entschieden.

fruchtig