Saturday, March 26, 2005

Odd Art: Redux


I have been quite, quite busy lately; between attending various art shows and cattily chatting with fellow artists over mediocre Thai food, I have been unable to post as much as I would like. Today I am to leave for the fabulous cultural mecca that is Orlando, but I will be avoiding Disney World like the plague-- instead opting to mingle at my younger brother's birthday barbeque, which promises to be a fun-filled geekfest-- yay!

So I am lazily posting another example of Very Odd Art.

The Renaissance painting above depicts a chubby Cupid urinating cheerfully on a pasty white Venus languishing decoratively on the ground. This was painted by the obviously deranged Lorenzo Lotto sometime around 1540. Of course, any art historian will tell you that Lotto was utilizing various symbols of connubial bliss. However, they are clearly lying; he was really just a perv.

To best appreciate, one should click to enlarge.

20 Comments:

Blogger Ron Southern said...

I like the painting, but I am a pervert, so go figure. What tiresome other theory could there be? I could see where ejaculating on her, however crude, would be related to some kind of fertility, but pissing on her, while just as crude, is also nasty and will stink up the room. Are we to have no sense at all while waxing poetic and being symbolic?

5:48 PM  
Blogger That Girl said...

disturbing.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

I guess they were into golden showers even back then. LOL
Even if it's old art from a famous painter, (I wouldn't call perverted) but I'd still call it classic fetish art.

12:27 AM  
Blogger R said...

Well, I guess none of you all ever had a baby boy, then. Take off the diaper and whiz he goes. So amusing as the image is, I can't see the action the same way I would if it were two adults consenting to play with each other.

1:50 PM  
Blogger L said...

the funny thing is that someone probably commissioned this thing... that must have been an odd conversation between artist and buyer...

11:26 PM  
Blogger frustratedwriter said...

Oh I don't know L, if the buyer had just been served papers informing them that their spouse had run off with their best friend, stole their dog, and wrecked the carriage, I'm thinking this painting would make perfect sense...

9:52 PM  
Blogger Weary Hag said...

I'm with frustratedwriter on this one. We never really get to know the inspiration behind these oddball artworks, but his/her synopsis is ideal.
I just rode in here from H&B's blog where your comment on his dog/bike post had me laughing my ass off.
I'll be back for more fun!

Carol

9:25 AM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

I would title this art? "Piss Off" or " Lovers Peepee gram"..
Possibly they hadn't thought of sending singing telegrams in those days..

10:03 PM  
Blogger L said...

frustrated writer: heh heh

weary hag: I always wonder....

happy and blue: "Piss Off" is pretty good, actually

10:05 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

My experiences with cupid have been strikingly similar...Hmm, wonder why Venus doesn't throttle the little brat and do the rest of us a favor? If there is a painting of that, I would definitely need a print of it.

Love the art! Have fun at the BBQ.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue said...

I'm amazed that the boy playing cupid could urinate long enough to have the painting done. He must have drank a lot of water..

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Anigans said...

that conch is dirt-y.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous moos said...

Bizarre - I'm sure that chemicals were involved. Lead paint, perhaps?

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Frally said...

Well, when you gotta go...

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

The odd thing is, she doesn't seem to mind.

8:38 PM  
Blogger L said...

I really have to say that this is one of the weirder paintings I've seen from this period... it is all supposed to be highly symbolic and all that, but it's still completely bizarre...

8:38 PM  
Anonymous glombold said...

Hey! He got it through the hoop!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous John Q. Public said...

Jeez, you all sound like it's wrong to pee on someone. *laughing*

8:39 PM  
Blogger L said...

I think most people would agree that it's very wrong to have a fat, ugly little boy peeing on you.

8:39 PM  
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8:39 PM  

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