In my last entry I mentioned posting images of drawings from the exhibition of Price’s collection in the late 80s. The scans are of black and white reproductions from the Bloomington exhibition catalog. They will have to do until I can find color images. The beautiful Battista Franco drawing of skulls seems like a fitting acquisition for Price, who had become known for his ghoulish parts in the cinema. It is a wonderful jumble of skulls, done at the same time that Vesalius was working on orderly anatomical studies. On the subject of skulls, I recently saw the church of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco in Naples, a church that is richly decorated with sculpted and real skulls. In speaking to a couple of older Neapolitan men, I said that I thought the skulls were a bit frightening, to which they responded that I shouldn’t be afraid of the dead, but of the living. Perfectly sensible advice.
The scans are from:
Cole, Bruce and Gealt, Adelheid M. Master Drawings from the Vincent Price Collection. Bloomington: Indiana University Art Museum, 1987. [Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Jan. 21 – May 3, 1987].