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  • Il topo da biblioteca
  • Il topo da biblioteca
  • The bookworm
  • The bookworm
Il topo da biblioteca

The bookworm

This work is created around 1850 and it is now kept at the Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt, Bavaria. In this painting Spitzweg depicts with irony a scholar who is completely isolated from the world around him: an elderly person, probably short-sighted, is standing on a ladder immersed in reading a book; at the same time the man holds three other books: one under the elbow, one in the other hand and another between his legs. A ray of light illuminates the scene, especially the space in front of him.
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cm. 60X100
1 - Characteristics and Properties
Fir wood frame with rounded edges of cm. 3.0 thickness
2 - Characteristics and Properties
Ready to hang
3 - Characteristics and Properties
Edges are finished on the sides
4 - Characteristics and Properties
Full HD print on washable, UV-resistant canvas
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This work is created around 1850 and it is now kept at the Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt, Bavaria. In this painting Spitzweg depicts with irony a scholar who is completely isolated from the world around him: an elderly person, probably short-sighted, is standing on a ladder immersed in reading a book; at the same time the man holds three other books: one under the elbow, one in the other hand and another between his legs. A ray of light illuminates the scene, especially the space in front of him. The library gives the idea of ​​being very large and its appearance is almost "monumental". Books are dusty and worn out, to express a sense of experience. The plaque at the top left on the bookcase, shows the writing "Metaphysics" and at the bottom, always on the left, you can glimpse a celestial globe: details that underline the distance between the outside world and the inside world. Spitzweg's style belongs to Romanticism. He loves representing people in their characteristic middle-class environment, which he is able to describe with a fine humour. Through his witty style he also deals with human weaknesses, without ever falling into banality or vulgarity. Thanks to his knowledge of chemistry and technique, his pharmaceutical training allowed him to make his colours more durable and also to produce them by himself autonomously: some of the shades in his paintings are so special and characteristic that they can not be found in paintings by other artists.