|Man Ape by Frank Frazetta (1975)|
a) Frank Frazetta painted Man Ape in 1975 as an illustration for the Conan book series. It's presented here because I believe that Giger referenced it in his painting Mordor IV (work 280) and then on May 14th 2017, I suddenly realised that it appeared to reference Jean Delville's 1888 painting Treasures of Satan, taking it in reverse, with the cloak becoming he trail of bodies and tentacles and this is why Giger used it in his Mordor IV.
(See also: Delville's Treasures Of Satan)
b) Looking also at what else what going on that year Man-Ape was painted, I looked at Chagall's painting Icarus which I decided was another one of the paintings which I think references Treasures of Satan as well, and I noticed that it curiously reflected this Man-Ape painting as if seen in reverse, with its red trail in the centre transformed into the cloak and the sun on one side transformed into perhaps the shield on the wall.
|Chagall's Icarus (1975)|
c) Meanwhile the Icarus figure stays the right way around, but his legs transform into Conan the Barbarian's outstretched arm and Icarus' arms turn into a leg going behind the ape's head, while the red glow remains on the right of the human's body.