Oil on canvas
48" x 30" framed
The subject matter in this painting is prophets and prophecy. Men who retired to the desert and had visions. Saints and madmen. People capable to see the future. The painting is full of references to this idea; the goblet, the snake, the skull, the hippocampus, the eyeballs. The image works like a a kind of surrealist "exquisite corpse" where different objects conform a character, a little like Arcimboldo paintings. The painting is very deliberately framed in a heavy ornamental gold design, to interplay with the style of the furniture described in the scene.