December 24, 2003
Probably Not What He Had In Mind

Tyler Cowen of The Volokh Conspiracy has been looking for paintings on legal themes: his latest post is here. Arcimboldo's The Lawyer will probably not be high on any lawyer's list of favorites. I've put it in the extended entry, since it would otherwise be too wide for many screens, including my own:

Yes, his face is made of dead birds and (I think) at least one fish, and his gown appears to be stuffed with books and papers instead of human flesh.

So as not to hog their bandwidth, I copied the image from the Arcimboldo page at the Tigertail Virtual Museum -- new to me, but definitely worth a longer visit. Some other Arcimboldos may be familiar from baroque music album covers.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 24, 2003 01:02 PM