Horan often finds portraiture to be quite mysterious. Is seeing a powerful portrait truly witnessing the unfolding of the inner self in front of a lens? Or do viewers also project their interpretations onto, and in this case, anthropomorphize, the images? After photographing so many sheep (and countless humans), he still doesn’t know.
Of course sheep have an “inner self”, Horan just needs to spend a little more time with his subjects.
Anyway, I’m surprised there’s no wardrobe or makeup credits!
Source: These may be the most magnificent portraits of goats and sheep you’ll ever see – The Washington Post
William Furley and Victor Gysembergh bring together in a new edition the papyrus fragments of ancient Greek manuals of extispicy, that is, the inspection of animal entrails to predict the future. From art and literature we already know that the practice was important throughout the historical period in military and civic life, representing a widespread and respected way of taking the omens before embarking on any venture. Now, for the first time, the papyrological texts relating to this branch of the ancient mantic art have been collected, reedited and interpreted. The results show a refined and arcane art relating to the parts and appearance of the sheep’s liver expressed in a symbolic language all its own. In particular the authors examine the question of the degree to which this Greek pseudo-science derives from Mesopotamian extispicy, as has often been claimed.
Source: Haruspices in Berlin or reading the liver with… – Christoph Markschies