Touch Me, Touch Me Not

When an artist depicts texture so well it plays with your senses...

Hare Hair: Albertina does such justice to this art you'd think a hare was picked from its hole and pinned to a wall.
Man with pipe at the Window, Frans van Mieris the Elder, 1658, From the collection of: Muzeul Național Brukenthal
Don't Leave out the Leaves: For me, the beauty in this painting exists not in the actual man-with-the-pipe-at-the-window, but the accuracy of the texture of the natural objects surrounding him
The favourites of the Emperor Honorius, J. W. WATERHOUSE, c.1883, From the collection of: Art Gallery of South Australia
Seams Properly Clothed To Me: The manner of painting in this piece gives an indication of the nature of the clothing being worn by the characters, which can in turn, create different observer stories
Skeleton, Ham, Myung Su, 2008, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
Itchy Face: At first glance, it looks like a colored print. Looking closer will encourage you to scratch an itch on your face that, really isn't there. Hey, put your hand down!
Pistol, Ham, Myung Su, 2008, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
Metal Gear Not So Metal (Or Solid): As seen in the previous one, Ham explores the wonders of foreign texture to create this gun. The parts in metal adds as an indicator to a strong message.
Accumulation of Books, Ham, Myung Su, 2008, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
Mount. Book-shmore: I can't get enough of Myung Su Ham's texture pieces. It takes the viewer a split second to realize these are books and not a moss-covered hill.
Fire's on, Arthur Streeton, 1891, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Rock n Road: The mix of colors here actually brings out the texture of the hard rock surfaces. You can't isolate the elements of art from each other. This is a great example of that.
Allegorical Portrait: "Summer", Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1572, From the collection of: Denver Art Museum
The Farmer's Mascot: Just like Ham (no pun intended), Acrimboldo creates, using foreign texture, a "portrait" of a woman that can fool an observer on first glance.
Four Seasons in One Head, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, c. 1590, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Franken-fruits and veggies: This goes even further than the previous work in that it explores variety by increasing the range of textures via each season's harvest.
The Librarian, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1562, From the collection of: Skokloster Castle
The Ideal Librarian?: Acrimboldo goes the other way this time with foreign texture, sticking to just one object: books, to create a portrait of a man.
I'm Sorry I Can't Think of A Caption: The hair on this painting is well done. The effect of color and shading actually help to bring out the richness of her hair, while also showing us stray strands.
Astronomical clock, Eberhard Baldewein, 1563 - 1568, From the collection of: Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Dresden State Art Collections
Time Is Golden: I am still unsure if this is a model or a painting. If the latter is the case, then a good interplay of color and shading have helped to bring out the golden lustre of this clock.
Music Mounted on an Eagle, Ernst Rietschel, 1839, From the collection of: Sculpture Collection, Dresden State Art Collections
Texture and Sculpture: Proof that texture can also be seen in sculpture. Just like the art of the Greeks, the beauty lies in the precise sculpting to create folds, hair and in this case, feathers.
George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, 1797, From the collection of: The White House
Georgie's Room: Though the actual painting is highly idealized, the painting of the in-animate objects have near-photographic resemblance. Look at that carpet! And the table as well.
Tanners Workshop - Tanners Workshop of Ubide, Arredondo y Calmache, Ricardo, 1897, From the collection of: Museo Santa Cruz
The Union of The Elements: In this final piece, all the elements of art can clearly be seen, but the texture it creates in each object really stands out.
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