Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Feeling Terribly Lazy This Week...


I'm feeling terribly lazy, so I decided to post yet another example of very odd art. The statue above depicts a half-naked George Washington wearing a very flimsy toga -- Hello George! This was sculpted by Horatio Greenough in 1840 to celebrate the centenary of Washington's birth. I'm not quite sure why he's pointing here, nor why he's holding a sword. But I have to say that George is really quite buff... and check out those Birkenstocks he's wearing!

12 Comments:

Anonymous frally said...

*wolf-whistles* Georgy-baby! Call me xxx

10:50 PM  
Anonymous rainypete said...

Toooga....Toooga....Toooga....Toooga....Toooga!
At least somebody caught proof that George liked to party too!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous mokey said...

Glad to see you spent all that money on tuition for a degree in Fine Arts . . . not big on art history, huh? Considering 1840 falls smack dab in the middle of the Greek Revival period (1825-1860)and the artist was likely pandering to the tastes of the day: selling all things Greek and classical. Isn't the internet great? I wonder what this statue of George would look like sitting int he middle of a pasture in Montana? (Yes, I loved your "guest post"!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Rhodent said...

Cute post... he does look buff.

Is that "Mokey" person any realtion to Unky Mokey?

10:51 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue said...

I think he's having a heart attack. His hand and feet are purple and he's pointing to his heart with the sword..

10:51 PM  
Anonymous finster said...

In renaissance art a figure pointing to the sky is symbolic of an acknowledgement of god. Maybe that was what the artist was going for?
I have no idea what the Birkinstocks represent, maybe he enjoys comfortable footwear.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

Man, shows what I know. I thought he was hailing a cab because his hemmorhoids were acting up. Sheesh, I feel so stupid.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous moos said...

It would undoubtedly frighten cattle in the middle of the pasture

10:52 PM  
Anonymous llcoffee said...

Knowing very little about Mr Washington I don't want to say too much but wasn't he instrumental in your Declaration of Independence? (thankyou The Simpsons) In that case shouldn't he be holding a pen? Afterall, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Obviously Horatio wasn't familiar with little Lisa's history lessons like I am.

10:53 PM  
Blogger L said...

Frally & rainypete: it's quite obvious that ol' George was more of a partier than we knew. Actually, I did read that he delighted in telling really smutty jokes, and that someone bought a lot of his letters and burned them in the early 20th century because of "inappropriate" content. How sad.

Mokey: I am big on art history, which is why I love to make fun of it!

Rhodent: yes, Mokey's first name is "Unkey"

Happy&Blue: you could be right

Finster: maybe he was acknowledging to God that he needed more clothes.

LLCoffee: I hear the Simpsons show is actually quite educational. I tend to get my history off the back of cereal boxes, though :)

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Green Eyed Lady said...

Buff and Birkenstocks- LOL!
(Ok, I admit, I did notice his pecs)

10:53 PM  
Blogger L said...

me too! ha ha ha!

10:53 PM  

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