Living Paintings

Dreams, Poetry and the Mysteries of Love (Short Stories)

Suitable for: Adults

In this collection we have three atmospheric works of art which exercise our imagination. A castle, the sea, and two seated figures, one a man and the other a mermaid. With accompanying descriptions of the huge size of the castle and its entrancing seascape, of the rocks and coves around the mermaid, and the gates of hell which we are told the thinking man is contemplating, we have ingredients for many good stories

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He took his inspiration from Dante's poem, The Inferno, and the gates were to be the Gates of Hell. The Thinker, one of the first figures made for the project, was to sit in the centre of the lintel above the gates, contemplating the souls below him who were guilty of sins of the flesh. Because he was to be seen from below, there are some things about The Thinker that would be different had he been conceived to be viewed as he is now, at normal height. There is little detail in the hair (it wouldn't really be seen from below) his shoulders are huge and his arms are extra-long, therefore they are not lost in the foreshortening caused by the unusual viewpoint. Unlike later casts, this example of The Thinker has a really dark surface or patination almost black, with occasional flashes of brown and green.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Enchanted Castle, Claude Le Lorrain, 1664
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1880
A Mermaid, John William Waterhouse, 1901

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