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In the Key of Blue by John Addington Symonds

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I probably overspent a little on this charity-shop purchase, the third edition (published 1918) of In the Key of Blue by John Addington Symonds (1840–1893), a personal selection of writings first published in 1893. First edition copies sell for over a thousand pounds so this was an opportunity to acquire something close to the original […]

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Google Art Project revisited

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The Deluge (1834) by John Martin. One of John Martin’s Biblical cataclysms succumbs to a Turner-like nebulosity at the Yale Center for British Art, something that can now be viewed in detail thanks to Google’s expansion of its Art Project. 151 additional galleries have been added, and the collections of those already present expanded, which […]

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A Picture to Dream Over: The Isle of the Dead

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The Isle of the Dead (second version, 1880), Kunstmuseum, Basel. In the sudden flares of light over the water, reflected off the sharp points of his cheeks and jaw, a harder profile for a moment showed itself. Conscious of Sanders’s critical eye, Father Balthus added as an afterthought, to reassure the doctor: “The light at […]

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Ecce homo redux

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Piss Christ (1987) by Andres Serrano. If the news of the past few weeks has felt like a re-run of the 1980s—ongoing recession, government cuts, riots in London, Tories casting aspersions on the undeserving poor, the threat of another royal wedding—then add to the list of déjà vu moments a flurry of outrage concerning art […]

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Centaurs

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Elatus from Pandaemonium I (Centaurs) (2010) by David Trullo. One of a series of centaur portraits by Spanish artist David Trullo. Placing characters from Classical mythology in contemporary settings makes a change. The title Pandaemonium I implies further series so I’m curious to see how Trullo follows these. Battling Centaurs (1873) by Arnold Böcklin. Centaurs […]

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Michelangelo’s Dream

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The Dream of Human Life by Michelangelo (1533). Michelangelo was of course homosexual. That obvious fact still needs restating, simply because generations of art historians have been embarrassed by it. Attempts to deal with the subject have a certain comic interest. E. H. Ramsden, who translated Michelangelo’s letters, refutes the slur of homosexuality with a […]

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Michelangelo (by Michelangelo): Self-portrait discovered hidden in his final painting

Michelangelo (by Michelangelo): Self-portrait discovered hidden in his final painting

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Maps of the Inferno

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Dante’s Inferno, Map of Whole Hell (1587?). Continuing the theme of yesterday’s post, Wikimedia Commons has a substantial section devoted to Dante’s Inferno including some maps, the best being this one and another, both by Giovanni Stradano aka Stradanus (1523–1605). And taking a broader view, there’s Michelangelo Cactani’s depiction of Dante’s entire cosmos showing the […]

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Austin Spare’s Behind the Veil

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Another Internet Archive discovery, this is a scanned copy of one of Austin Spare’s first illustrated works. Behind the Veil was a small book of mystical fiction by Ethel Rolt Wheeler, published in 1906. Spare was only 20 at the time and the drawings, while accomplished, lack the finesse of his later work. They also […]

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The Prophecy

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The Prophecy is a Michelangelo-esque collaboration between BeautifulMag and digital artist Aymeric Giraudel which you can download at high resolution here and here. (If you want a single picture you’ll have to stitch them together yourself.) Among the models for this are Les Farfadais whose work was mentioned here last June. Elsewhere on { feuilleton […]

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The gay artists archive

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Previous posts about gay or homoerotic art or artists. A personal and idiosyncratic selection, this isn’t meant to be definitive. • Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey • The art of Antoon van Welie, 1866–1956 • The art of Paul Thévenaz, 1891–1921 • The art of Peter Knoch […]

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Penguin Labyrinths and the Thief’s Journal

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Detail from La Havane by René Portocarrero; photo by C. Marker. This week’s book finds are a pair of titles I hadn’t come across before in these particular editions, another haul from the vast continent that is the Penguin Books back catalogue. Labyrinths I’ve had for years in a later edition (see below) but the […]

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Last Suppers and last straws

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Hardly a week passes without the religious right in America getting their knickers in a twist over some new iniquity, a condition so commonplace that new outbreaks are barely worth acknowledging. However, this week’s storm in a teacup caught my attention for being art-related. If there’s one thing certain American Christians have in common with […]

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Men with snakes

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Laocoön and His Sons attributed to Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus of Rhodes (c. 160–20 BCE). No jokes about snakes in a frame, please. Bram Dijkstra’s Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin de Siècle Culture (1986) is a wide-ranging study of the “iconography of misogyny” in 19th century painting. Dijkstra examines the numerous […]

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The art of Maleonn Ma

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Portrait of Mephisto #1 (2006). Portrait of Mephisto #5 (2006). The carefully-constructed and coloured tableaux of Shanghai-based art Maleonn Ma remind me of Joel-Peter Witkin‘s grainier and nastier works only without the body parts or dead babies. The repeated use of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in contemporary culture is a whole subject in itself. Via […]

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The South Bank Show: Francis Bacon

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Non-Brits may not be aware that The South Bank Show is a long-running arts programme (or “show”, as Americans prefer) and the last bastion of cultural broadcasting on the otherwise completely moribund ITV channel. Over the years the SBS has produced some great documentaries and this one from 1985 is particularly good, capturing artist Francis […]

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Behold the (naked) man

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Two Studies for the Risen Christ by Michelangelo (both 1533). Following the predictable outrage over Cosimo Cavallaro’s My Sweet Lord, aka the Chocolate Jesus, it’s worth remembering that the depiction of Jesus sans clothing is nothing new. Aside from all the paintings of Jesus as a naked infant, a quick search turns up these two […]

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Sculptural collage: Eduardo Paolozzi

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Michelangelo’s ‘David’ (1987). In a similar vein to the dismembered Soviet monument in the previous post, there’s the sculpture of the late, great Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005). The giant head of Invention is especially impressive when seen in situ outside London’s Design Museum, its pieces separated by the words of a Leonardo da Vinci quotation: “Human […]

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Steven Vaschon

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The Michelangelo-esque photography of Steven Vaschon.

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Interview with the Hustler

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Left: Michael Jones. Irony abounds. In the Protect-me-from-what-I-want Dept, Pastor Ted Haggard gave this sermon four days before his gay liaisons were brought to light: “Heavenly Father give us grace and mercy, help us this next week and a half as we go into national elections and Lord we pray for our country. Father we […]

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