Thomas Woodruff: The Four Temperaments

I happen to be out of town right now, but I wish I could see Thomas Woodruff’s Four Temperaments show in person. These lushly colored alchemical fusions of flora and fauna are undoubtedly a treat for the eyes up close.

Color schemes and themes reflect the four temperaments: sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic (named after the ancient theory of bodily humors).

My favorite creatures in this beastiary are the Batterflies:

See the rest of the exhibit on line at the P.P.O.W. Gallery.


6 Responses to “Thomas Woodruff: The Four Temperaments”

  1. Beautiful. I love the owls.

  2. Good to see the 4 humours are still with us! I love the Batterflies with all that jewellery and head gear, wow!

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Every now and then I like to quote Mr. Burns from the Simpsons: “It’s not how old you are on parchment, but how old you feel in the humours!”

  3. Amazing, there’s just so much to look at in each picture. I would love to learn how to carve watermelons like in second picture with the flowers.

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