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Need a knock ‘em dead prop for your haunted house? Try Eisenbrant’s spring loaded “Life-Preserving Coffin!”
"Life-Preserving Coffin, In Doubtful Cases of Actual Death"
Drawing for a Life-Preserving Coffin, 11/15/1843
The fear of being buried alive led Christian Henry Eisenbrandt to patent a “life-preserving coffin in doubtful cases of actual death.” In his application, he claimed that through a series of springs and levers, even the slightest motion of the head or hand would instantaneously open the coffin lid.
(Also fun at parties)
Francis Picabia, “Le cul en tête à tête”, in Cannibale, No. 2 (Paris, 25 May 1920), p.15.
There are a couple of geometric sketches by Cambiaso online. He was a master painter from the Genoese school, greatly inspired by the works of Michelangelo, and is celebrated as a major painter in Italian art history.
I’m much more interested in the prefiguring of cubism with these amazing solid shape representations of people (I saw someone dub it ‘stereometrics’).
Even if it developed innocuously as a speed drawing technique to prepare for greater works (maybe), this drawing remains at or near the top of my all time list of art history sketches for its playful blockwork gymnastics and resonance across the centuries with modernism
It’s a drawing style that would appear again a few decades later with Dürer, Rubens and Schoen and others. [see here]
I understand that the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa has a few hundred sketches by Cambiaso and I keep checking back there every couple of years hoping to find more online. I don’t know how many of them are in the same vein as our brawling figures above.