Just Another Skull on the Wall -                     Luis Benavides

This gallery includes representations of the human skull or skeleton in various mediums, and the realization that we are all the same underneath and that death is guaranteed for all of us.

This is a self portrait of Aelbrecht Bouts holding a human skull close to his chest and partially hidden in his clothing. His left hand and finger are pointing towards the skull. His use of browns and reds are complementary to each other and the darkness of the background highlights Bouts in this self portrait.
A skull in various shades of green with red muscle like ends. The varying colors of green from light to dark draw the viewers attention to the seemingly endless ribbon that forms the skull. The red muscle like appendages bring emphasis and focus to the skull. The lines in the ribbon bring form and shape to the skull.
This is a flesh colored skull suspended from a the corner of a white wall. The artist cut pictures of people from magazines to create pattern, repetition and give this sculpture a specific color. The skull is large in proportion to the wall but still retains a sense of realism.
This is a painting of a skeleton smoking a cigarette against a black background. The artist used almost exact proportion of the skeleton to make it very realistic. The use of a dark black background with the varying shades of white and gray create a contrasting but pleasing effect.
This is a statue of a skeleton carved from boxwood. The skeleton is is holding his decaying flesh and was created to remind people of their own mortality. The artist used space to give this statue depth and dimension. The use of the boxwood and the carving of the decaying flesh emphasize the implied texture of the actual flesh falling from the bones.
A clock in the shape of a skull that is resting on top of two femurs which are placed upon a book. The clock is crafted from brass and copper and was not only used to tell time, but designed to be a reminder of one's mortality. The artist used rounded or curved lines to shape and outline the skull, in addition to the straight lines used to create the foundation in the shape of a book. The contrasting metals between the skull and the clock give the object emphasis and focus.
This is a drawing of a full body skeleton that is laying face down. It appears that the skeleton is missing its left leg. The artist used browns and grays to contrast the skeleton with the cream colored background and helps to give depth and dimension to the artwork. The rib cage is a bit out of proportion with the skull and the rest of the body, but it still retains a sense of realism and all of the bones and body parts relate well with each other.
This is an image done in daguerreotype stereograph and is another artwork created to remind us of our mortality. The image contains a skull sitting next to an open book with eyeglasses sitting upside down on the book. There is also an hour glass with sand sitting on top of another book and various other scientific instruments. The artist used these various objects to show how time passes, and that we are all, eventually going to die. The use of books and instruments seem to represent the pursuit of knowledge that we go thru in life. The greyish background contrasts with the brightness of the skull and book and create emphasis on those two objects.
This is a pen and ink drawing of three skulls showing the front, middle of and side views. It was created during the renaissance period when there was an interest in the human form. It is possible that this drawing was to be used for a book for scientific purposes. The artists uses various colors and techniques to give depth and proportion to each of the skulls. The use of black and gray shadows give dimension and realism to the drawings. The placement of the three skulls gives the drawing balance.
This Aztec mask is made using a human skull as the foundation and deer skin backing with straps so that it could be worn during ceremonies. The mask is adorned with turquoise, lignite, pyrite, iron, and shell. The mask is a representation of a god worshiped by the Aztec who had a dual purpose. The god was a life-giving god, but also served as a guardian of the dead. The alternating colors of blue and black identify the god as Tezcatlipoca or Smoking Mirrors. The Aztec used the shiny obsidian rock to make mirrors used during ceremonies or prophesies. The artist used white shell to give outline to the shiny iron eyes and red shell inside the nose cavity.
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