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Are they blind?

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We went to the movies tonight. Specifically, we went to see one of those exhibitions-on-screen, where they visit an exhibition in London and give you all sorts of history and detail. They get right up close on the paintings, which is neat.

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The thing in the header is Titian’s Venus with a Mirror. I was struck by something in it. He and his studio between them painted at least fifteen versions of this picture, but this is the one he kept in his studio until his death. Several commentaries I found online said perhaps it’s because, in the reflection, she looks like she’s looking out at the viewer.

To which I can only say ARE YOU BLIND? It’s a whole different face. The eye in the mirror is terrified. What could be taken as her hair in reflection could also be described as the saggy jowls of middle age. This is something like, ruined old lady peers in horror across the decades. Well, that’s what this ruined old lady thinks, anyhow.

I’ll not post the full version. I don’t actually like the picture much.

Okay, that’s enough artsy fartsy stuff for one week. Hef has died at last, and the commenter formerly known as Skeptic takes the dick (second dick in recent memory)!
That means…tomorrow.
Here.
6:00 WBT.

DEAD POOL ROUND 102. (Or whatever the hell it really is. I’ll have to ask Rich Rostrom).

Comments


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 28, 2017, 10:17 pm

It reminds me of the Roman tradition of having a slave at a Triumph whisper in your ear – a memento mori.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 28, 2017, 10:43 pm

Yabbut Venus is immortal – doesn’t have to fear getting old. So what is the reflection about, then?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 28, 2017, 11:03 pm

An inside joke, I suspect. His mother or something.

 


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 28, 2017, 11:24 pm

I was wondering who the scared as shit lady was and just figured I’m not refined enough to understand art. This was demonstrated at an engagement announcement at a rich people house in Highland Park many years ago, where the house was essentially an art gallery full of, uh, not to dress it up, pretentious shit.
But I’m not rich, so I don’t have to pretend.
Or I’m not rich so wtf do I know.

 


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 28, 2017, 11:25 pm

6:30 WBT..???? OK….
~
“The Portrait of Dorian Grey” must be having an effect on my thinking about this work of art.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 29, 2017, 7:25 am

Holy shit, ExpressoBold! You’re right. Fixed.

 


Comment from lesterIII
Time: September 29, 2017, 6:01 pm

6 or 6:30?

 

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