The wickedness of my abhorrent face
EPIC. Man, this is PHENOMENAL.
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine school under the patronage Lorenzo de’ Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later as a “golden age”, a thought, suitably enough, he expressed at the head of his Vita of Botticelli. Botticelli’s posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting. Among his best known works are The Birth of Venus & Primavera.
Le génie du mal [The genius of evil, aka; Lucifer]; Guillaume Geefs
“The statue was originally a commission for Geefs’ younger brother Joseph, who completed it in 1842 and installed it the following year. It generated controversy at once and was criticized for not representing a Christian ideal.The cathedral administration declared that “this devil is too sublime.” The local press intimated that the work was distracting the “pretty penitent girls” who should have been listening to the sermons.” [x]
[The original ‘sublime’ version shown below, and the ‘revised’ one in the photoset above]
> Make sculpture of the devil
> No this sculpture is too hot for church
> Make another one
> It’s even hotter
Very Miltonian. :)
Henrietta Rae, Zephyrus Wooing Flora, (not dated)
I got so much flack for loving pieces like this when I was studying art. Some of my teachers called it “trite” and “meaningless” and “commercial.” I would tell them, “But it’s so beautiful.”
They would say, “And? It’s beautiful and what?”
“That’s it,” I would say.
They would then go on this spiel about how beauty alone doesn’t mean anything—that the paintings needed to have some sort of deeper, innovative flair to them, some sort of convoluted hidden meaning and strong sense of symbolism.
There is absolutely a time and a place for that. I use a lot of symbolism in my own work. But I’m of the Keatsian mindset that believes that it’s okay if something is just beautiful, the end. Do you know why?
Because sometimes, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” - that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
Because sometimes something beautiful, something that feeds the soul and lets us breathe a sigh of relief, is perfectly okay and makes it all worth it.