“Otis” is my husband’s late father’s beloved cowskull.  I dressed him up with dried flowers from our wedding and took a high res image commissioned by a friend.  She is going to frame it over her fireplace mantle.  Email me if you would like a print: courtneychavanell (at) gmail dot com

© Courtney Chavanell Photography 

Puccini, La Boheme. Adolfo Hohenstein. 

German Art Nouveau master Adolpho Hohenstein (1854–1928) advertised the drama of the 19th century Italian opera with equally dramatic posters. Hohenstein was so immersed in the Italian spirit that he was nicknamed “Father of the Italian Poster.” While working for publishing house Ricordi, he created flamboyant posters that paired well with the drama of the opera, and transformed the Italian poster into art.