HR Giger's Biomechanic Landscape I (1976):
Integration of a 13th century nativity scene

leading from

biomechanic landscape I (work 297) 1976

a) 11th February 2016  
After the surprise of having found Henry VIII It was quite a surprise for me this one, but at the end of the day, Henry can just be a historical character to fascinate many people including Giger enough to paint him. So the next painting in his works would be the Oscar Wilde merged with Fuseli's Nightmare and they both take place in a similar type of underground cavernous sewer like environment which I still haven't quite understood. If there is another painting to consider as part of this, I haven't have any ideas yet about a specific one yet but I might assume it has several figures in it. I might be asking if we're dealing with a biblical painting involving people with halos that Giger transformed into spheres as if they were space helmets that might entertain the Von Daniken appreciation society.

The Nativity by Guido da Siena 1270s

Sphere comparisons in guido da Siena's nativity, Giger's biomechaniclandscape I and Holbein's henry VIII

henry the eighth' foot, and Biomechanical Landscape I No 297 and reclining virgin from nativity scene

b) 12th February 2016
Looking for old nativity images. I noticed that the Virgin Mary is seen laying down in a cocoon shape with a halo that Giger would have turned into a glass helmet. There's an upper sphere that becomes the sphere in the centre of Giger's painting. Siena's painting contains a sort of pinnacle on the top of the hut that mirrors the upper sphere, and then there's the how whose horns could be intergrated into the lower sphere. And other upper figures, angels have been loosely integrated into Giger's painting at well.

Nicola Pisano, Siena Cathedral Pulpit, Nativity between the fall of 1265 and the fall of 1268.
c) Inspiration behind The Nativity by Guido da Siena 1270s
Nicola Pisano, created a Nativity scene between the fall of 1265 and the fall of 1268 for the Siena Cathedral Pulpit. Later  Guido de Siena's painting done in the 1270s, would be redone in other ways, there was a different version to be found on a tomb, done around 1280, I can't find the name of the artist at present. Duccio_di_Buoninsegna's painted The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel from 1308 -1311 incorporating the same idea.

Nativity of Christ (c.1280) Siena Cathedral, rediscovered 1999
(This certain one would not have been known to Giger at the time of the painting)

Duccio di Buoninsegna's The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel 1308-1311

Byzantine Fresco (ca. 1175). Church of Karamlik Kilise, Cappadocia. Clearly
showing features from the apocryphal tradition. Salome (far right),
ox and ass at the manger from Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew.

Pietro Cavallini ‘Life of Mary: Nativity’ Sta Maria de Trastevere (1318): Mary is Maria of Brabant; the shepherd to the right is Ayman, talking to his angelic mother Isabella de Bâgé; and the disconsolate Joseph to the far right, is of course, Amadeus V. (

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