Henry Holiday’s Illustrations

It is possible that the author was half-consciously laying a trap, so readily did he take to the inventing of puzzles and things enigmatic; but to those who knew the man, or who have divined him correctly through his writings, the explanation is fairly simple. (Henry Holiday about Lewis Carroll, The Snark’s Significance, 1898-01-29)   … Continue reading “Henry Holiday’s Illustrations”

Playing with Pareidolia

I try to play with my pareidolia like Gustave Doré and Henry Holiday might have played with their pareidolia.   2013 (Gustave Doré, Henry Holiday, Gustave Doré)Gustave Doré and Henry Holiday were playing with Gustave Doré.   2015 (Gustave Doré, Matthias Grünewald, Henry Holiday)   2017 (Henry Holiday, Matthias Grünewald)   2017 (Matthias Grünewald) 2019 … Continue reading “Playing with Pareidolia”


I don’t know whether Matthias Grünewald hid a face in his painting having fun with the idea that people see it and then have a debate about whether Matthias Grünewald hid a face in his painting having fun with the idea that people see it and then have a debate about whether Matthias Grünewald hid … Continue reading “Loop”

On Borrowing

One of the surest tests [of a poet’s superiority or inferiority] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling … Continue reading “On Borrowing”

Monstrous Things from Walls

The monsters already were there. But what did Gustave Doré see in the sky in Matthias Grünewald’s painting? Look at walls splashed with a number of stains, or stones of various mixed colours. If you have to invent some scene, you can see there resemblances to a number of landscapes, adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, … Continue reading “Monstrous Things from Walls”

Monstrous Heads

This is a bycatch from my Snark hunt: Segment from a panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald‘s The Temptation of St. Anthony (c. 1512-1516) I discovered that “face” in Matthias Grünewald’s painting in 2018, but perhaps I was not the first one. I think that Gustave Doré found it already in the year 1863 … Continue reading “Monstrous Heads”


Blurring images is low pass filtering images. An artist’s blunted sight can have the same effects like blurring with computerized image processing. Sometimes you need to get rid of distracting details in order to get the whole picture. Jay Clause‘s what Salvador Dali taught me about creative work will help you to (perhaps) get the … Continue reading “Blur”

A Naughty Winged Rat

[left side] Plate I of Gustave Doré’s illustrations to chapter 1 in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (1863 edition). As for the big head at the lower left corner of the print: Could Doré have been inspired by what he saw in a painting by Matthias Grünewald? [center] by Henry Holiday (illustration to The Hunting … Continue reading “A Naughty Winged Rat”