Mosaic Bomb Edition
Welcome to Mosaic Bomb, the second edition of Clintonium.com. The first edition was Atomic Conspiracy, launched way back in 2001. If you want to see what that looked like you can get an idea from what was grabbed by the WayBack Machine.
The title "Mosaic Bomb" is a word play on atomic bomb which attempts to reflect the pastiche of visual and thematic elements drawn together in the current edition. When I started designing this edition I knew I wanted to take the look of the site in a more rustic direction, but I also wanted to preserve an element or two that tied in visually with the idea behind the Clintonium brand, which is an atomic/nuclear/elemental theme. I was on a tesselation kick at the time, and had also been leafing through a book on the paintings of 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists, so I decided to try and pull in those visual influences and see what I could come up with.
The result is a sort of meditterranean/rennaissance look with a nuclear touch for spice. A nice change of pace from what I had before. The headers feature details from the following paintings:
- Jan Asselyn - Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct (c. 1645)
- Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem: An Italianate Landscape (1654), Peasants with Cattle by a Ruined Aqueduct (c. 1658), and A Southern Harbour Scene (1659).
- Anthonie van Borssum: Landscape with Cows and Sheep (c. 1650), and Extensive River View with a Horseman (c. 1660)
- Bartholomeus Breenburgh - The Preaching of St John the Baptist (1634)
- Paul Bril - An Extensive Landscape (c. 1625)
- Paulus Potter - A Husbandman with his Herd (1648)
- Lucas van Uden - Wooded Dune Landscape (c. 1660)
- Esaias van de Velde - Battle Scene in an Open Landscape (1614)
- Jan Weenix - An Italian Seaport (1666)
The most important thing about this new edition, though, is that I've brought the entire site in line with current web standards. Nice clean semantic XHTML, all visual styling through CSS, and everything 508 compliant for the utmost in accessibility. I've been trying to find time to get that stuff done for a long time.