Observation 66557: Ganoderma P. Karst.
When: 2010-11-19
Collection location: Washington DC, USA [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Prize for first to identify the fungi used in THE LIPS of this statue. The statue was built in the late ‘50s and based on a painting by Archimbolo, an italian who painted this representation of ’winter’ in the late 1500s. He obviously knew and loved this mushroom at that time. The statue is about 10’ tall.

Congratulations Adolph!

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National Gallery of Art in DC in Nov. 2010
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-05-02 05:29:51 PDT (-0700)

It is no longer on display.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-30 15:37:23 PDT (-0700)

where is this on display?

The lips are not Amanita caesarea (Scop.) Pers.
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (aceska@telus.net)
2011-04-29 09:47:01 PDT (-0700)

For my long-term project “Spinach and Civilization”, I have studied paintings of Guiseppe Archimboldo in great detail. Archimboldo did use Amanita caesarea in his “Allegory of Autumn” and in his reversible painting “Bowl of Vegetables/Gardener”, but in the “Allegory of Winter” the lips are a conk. Most probably Ganoderma sp.
- Adolf
P.S. I have not found any spinach in Archimboldo’s paintings.

By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-04-29 08:26:57 PDT (-0700)

that comment was pre-coffee, my bad!

NOT mykoweb’s…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-04-29 08:15:22 PDT (-0700)

but Dr. Elio Schaechter’s Art Registry, borrowed from the NAMA website.

Mykoweb’s Art Registry..
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-04-29 07:37:57 PDT (-0700)

also mentions polypore, possibly ganoderma and references
Brockhaus Enzyklopedie, Vol. 2. Mannheim, 1987.
Gabrius website

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