Monday, February 08, 2016

The Torments of Hell (The Last Judgement) 1560-1600

The Torments of Hell (The Last Judgement) 1560-1600

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century, detail 1

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century, detail 2

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century, detail 3

Cornelis Bos - Allegorical Depiction of Hell, 16th Century, detail 4

"Cornelis [Willem] Bos (c. 1506/10 — before 7 May 1555) was a Flemish engraver, printseller and book publisher, through whose images after paintings and reproducing ancient Roman sculptures, like the Laocoön, classic works were put in the visual repertory of Northern European artists. His work is often signed with the monogram C-B.

Cornelis was born at 's Hertogenbosch, whence his surname Bos is derived, but on 1 April 1541 he was enregistered as a citizen of Antwerp, where he was therefore already established as a member of the imagemakers' Guild of Saint Luke. His earliest identified engravings (1537) reproduce Maarten van Heemskerck's Prudence and Justice (1537). and a work by Agostino Veneziano. His re-engraving of work by Marcantonio Raimondi does not necessarily indicate that he ever made a trip to Rome. Until 1544 Bos worked in Antwerp as an engraver, commissioned by publishers in the city's extensive book trade for illustrations in books. His engravings, copied from the published engravings in Italian editions, served as illustrations for a brief summary in Dutch of the treaty on architecture by Vitruvius and for a Dutch translation of Book IV of Sebastiano Serlio's architectural treatise, both published by Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Bos' engravings illustrate a text on anatomy that he produced in 1542 by the printer and publisher Antoine de Goys.

In the summer of 1544 Bos was forced to flee Antwerp for his participation in an antisacerdotalist free-thinking spiritualist sect and was declared exiled by the Council of Brabant in his absence. It appears that he went to Paris, where an anatomical work published by Jérôme de Gourmont in 1545 repeats text used by Cornelis Bos and even makes use of the woodblocks formerly in his possession. A decorative patternbook also published by Jérôme de Gourmont, Livre de moresques was a pirated edition of a work published in Antwerp by Bos, c published at Paris, 1546; it served designers of mannerist scrollwork (bandelwerk) in the Low Countries. Between 1546 and 1548, from his secure refuge in Nuremberg,  Cornelis Bos would publish more than a hundred engraved designs of strapwork and grotesques. Bos also produced popular engravings of religious and allegorical subjects, often dependent for their composition upon the Kleinmeister of Nuremberg, with many parallels in the output of Virgil Solis." - quote source

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Monster Brains Logos

Matt Furie - Monster Brains Logo 1 Matt Furie
  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Johnny Ryan Johnny Ryan 

  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Aleksandra Waliszewska Aleksandra Waliszewska

  MONSTER  BRAINS LOGO - AERON ALFREY ESIGN Aeron Alfrey - Artwork taken from The Black Scorpion Poster.



MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - John Kenn Mortensen John Kenn Mortensen

  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Trevor Henderson Trevor Henderson

  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Marcus Shafer Marcus Shafer

  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Dieter VDO Dieter VDO

  MONSTER BRAINS LOGO - Fufu Frauenwahl Fufu Frauenwahl


 And there is the new one at the top of the site created by Michael Skattum.


This week marks the ten year anniversary of Monster Brains so now is as good a time as any to share some of the amazing logos that Monster Brains has had over the years. Many incredible artists have contributed their own logos and I've included links to their various sites alongside their artworks.

If you appreciate Monster Brains and the work that I put into the thousands of artworks shared over the past ten years, if you anticipate the hundreds of future posts that I have in various stages of planning, please donate whatever you can. It will be greatly appreciated and every dollar donated makes it easier for me to take the time to work on the site.

The donation button can be found on the top right of the site.

Thank you! I look forward to many more years of discovering and sharing the more obscure and fascinating artists associated with the genre of monsters.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Triptychs


Utagawa Kuniyoshi - In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies 1844In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies, 1844

This week is the ten year anniversary for Monster Brains, I've chosen to share a wide assortment of Kuniyoshi's incredible work to mark the occasion. Over the years Monster Brains has grown from a simple collection of links to a vast resource onto itself. This is due, in part, to my obsessive nature in collecting the artwork that I'm passionate about for myself but also my commitment to sharing this work with others that will appreciate it as well.

That said, I make my living as an artist and it has been growing more difficult to take the time away from my work to research and prepare posts for the site. You would probably be shocked to know the amount of time that I invest into many of the posts on Monster Brains. I've resisted putting advertisements on the site to take on additional revenue but recently I have placed a donation button on the site. If you appreciate Monster Brains and the work put into the thousands of artworks that I've shared over the past ten years, if you anticipate the hundreds of future posts that I have in various stages of planning, please donate whatever you can, it will be greatly appreciated.

The donation button can be found on the top right of Monster Brains.

Thank you! I look forward to many more years of discovering and sharing the more obscure and fascinating artists associated with the genre of monsters.



Utagawa Kuniyoshi - In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies 1844 (left panel)In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies, 1844 (left panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies, 1844 (middle panel)In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies 1844 (middle panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies 1844 (right panel)In the Ruined Palace at Sōma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies, 1844 (right panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto YorimitsuThe Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (left panel)The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (left panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (middle panel)The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (middle panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (right panel)The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (right panel)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Single Panels and Diptychs

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The Poet Dainagon Sees an Apparition, 1860The Poet Dainagon Sees an Apparition, 1860


This week is the ten year anniversary for Monster Brains, I've chosen to share a wide assortment of Kuniyoshi's incredible work to mark the occasion. Over the years Monster Brains has grown from a simple collection of links to a vast resource onto itself. This is due, in part, to my obsessive nature in collecting the artwork that I'm passionate about for myself but also my commitment to sharing this work with others that will appreciate it as well.

That said, I make my living as an artist and it has been growing more difficult to take the time away from my work to research and prepare posts for the site. You would probably be shocked to know the amount of time that I invest into many of the posts on Monster Brains. I've resisted putting advertisements on the site to take on additional revenue but recently I have placed a donation button on the site. If you appreciate Monster Brains and the work put into the thousands of artworks that I've shared over the past ten years, if you anticipate the hundreds of future posts that I have in various stages of planning, please donate whatever you can, it will be greatly appreciated.

The donation button can be found on the top right of Monster Brains.

Thank you! I look forward to many more years of discovering and sharing the more obscure and fascinating artists associated with the genre of monsters.

 Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Takiguchi U-Toneri Watanabe no Tsuna about to cut off the arm of Rashomon, who grasps his hair. Edo PeriodTakiguchi U-Toneri Watanabe no Tsuna about to cut off the arm of Rashomon, who grasps his hair. Edo Period

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Oiwake- Oiwa and Takuetsu, from the series Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô rokujûkyû tsugi no uchi) 1852Oiwake- Oiwa and Takuetsu, from the series Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô rokujûkyû tsugi no uchi) 1852

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Wada Heita Tanenaga killing a huge python by driving his sword into the back of its head by a waterfall. Edo PeriodWada Heita Tanenaga killing a huge python by driving his sword into the back of its head by a waterfall. Edo Period

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Hangami Danjo-no-jo Arakage killing a giant salamander in the Tontagawa river in the province of Izumo, Edo PeriodHangami Danjo-no-jo Arakage killing a giant salamander in the Tontagawa river in the province of Izumo, Edo Period

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Tsuzoku Suikoden Goketsu Hyakuhachi-nin no Hitori, Ju-unryu Kosonsho, a sorcerer, evoking a storm-dragon. 1827Tsuzoku Suikoden Goketsu Hyakuhachi-nin no Hitori, Ju-unryu Kosonsho, a sorcerer, evoking a storm-dragon. 1827

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Usui Matagoro slays a giant white monkey in the mountains of Hida, a long stream of black smoke curling up from the monster's mouth. Edo PeriodUsui Matagoro slays a giant white monkey in the mountains of Hida, a long stream of black smoke curling up from the monster's mouth, Edo Period

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Shinano kuni no Zen-no-jo (Zen-no-jo of Shinano) _ Honcho nijushi-ko (Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety of Our Country) 1842-43Shinano kuni no Zen-no-jo (Zen-no-jo of Shinano) _ Honcho nijushi-ko (Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety of Our Country) 1842-43

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - The diver Tamatori, who has penetrated the Dragon King's palace, plunging through waves with outstretched knife and Treasure Pearl, pursued by a dragon while escaping from the Dragon King, Edo PeriodThe diver Tamatori, who has penetrated the Dragon King's palace, plunging through waves with outstretched knife and Treasure Pearl, pursued by a dragon while escaping from the Dragon King, Edo Period

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Usugumo (No. 19 Wisps of Cloud) 1845-46Usugumo (No. 19 Wisps of Cloud) 1845-46

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Alberto Martini - Birth - Human Suffering, 1923

Alberto Martini - Birth - Human Suffering, from "Mysteries," six lithographs, 1923

See more of Alberto Martini's artworks in the following..

Danza Macabra Europea (1915)

Illustrations from Dante's Divine Comedy, 1937

Edgar Allan Poe Illustrations, 1905

And the original Monster Brains post on Alberto Martini when I discovered his work in 2006, shortly after the creation of the site.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Salvator Rosa

Salvator Rosa - The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1645The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1645

Salvator Rosa- The Temptation of Saint Anthony, second version, 1645The Temptation of Saint Anthony, second version, 1645
 Salvator Rosa - The Witches' Sabbath (1635-54)The Witch's Sabbath, 1635-54
 Salvator Rosa - Witches at their Incantations, 1646 (light version)Witches at their Incantations, 1646 (light version)
 Witches at their IncantationsWitches At Their Incantations, 1646
 Witches at their IncantationsWitches at their Incantations, 1646 (detail)
 Salvator Rosa - Jason and the Dragon, 1665Jason and the Dragon, 1665

Friday, January 15, 2016

David Ryckaert The Younger


David Ryckaert The Younger - Dulle Griet, 1651-59Dulle Griet, 1651-59

David Ryckaert The Younger - The Temptation of St. Anthony of Egypt, 17th CThe Temptation of St. Anthony of Egypt, 17th C
 David Ryckaert The Younger - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1649The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1649

David Ryckaert The Younger - The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th CThe Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th C

David Ryckaert The Younger - La ronde des Farfadets de Les Farfadets - 17th CLa ronde des Farfadets de Les Farfadets - 17th C

Details on the life of David Rychaert The Younger can be found at Wikipedia.

Thursday, January 14, 2016