Dear readers, I have been ridiculously busy this past week, and it looks like things are only going to get busier for a while. I apologize if entries are a bit shorter or further between. I’ll try to find pictures that are worth a thousand words to make up for it. Starting with this one.
After last week’s naked woman-fest, here is something for the ladies. I originally found this piece on Ugly Renaissance Babies, but as it does not feature babies, and instead has so much more, I decided it deserved its own entry.
The Fall of the Titans, by Cornelius van Haarlem, demonstrates once again how much this artist likes some prominent naked man-butt front and center. Well, slightly to the right.
But it also meant that in scanning through I looked at this strategically placed dragonfly close up (sensitive readers should avert their eyes).
That’s not a dragonfly; that is a giant transparent leech with wings and a face. It could eat a cat.
There is also this dog hanging around, probably thinking it has died and gone to Fresh Meat heaven.
This painting features a lot of impressive aerial acrobatics. Here is just one example to demonstrate the kind of questions they raise.
Why is the one guy grabbing the other one? Does he think it will break his fall? Also why is he awkwardly grabbing his own head? Is it just to show off his massive biceps mid-fall? Is that a dragon back there?
Finally, I think this guy is my favorite. His expression pretty much sums up my reaction to this painting.