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Filippo Balbi : “Testa Anatomica” (1854)

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The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Testa Anatomica (“Anatomical Head”) is the magnum opus of the Italian ecclesiastical painter Filippo Balbi. A composite head comprised of writhing human figures, it may describe a state of inner turmoil, as in a spiritual crisis, or, more benignly, the tangle of competing thoughts, memories, impulses and emotions that give rise to an individual’s stream of consciousness. It was painted for the Certosa di Trisulta, a (then) Carthusian monastery in Collepardo, Italy, and displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1855.

Credit Line: Image by the Wellcome Library, London (CC BY 4.0).

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