I do love portraits, and among portraits, Sargent's Mrs. Charles Inches is a favorite.
Is it me or do the feet on the feet on the Bechdel portrait look fucking huge?
What, gswift, yours aren't bigger than your thighs?
The placement of Titian's portrait of Pietro Aretino has made me laugh aloud.
Nia and I went with the kind localish commenters last weekend to the Taft Museum and saw this portrait of Queen Maria Luisa of Spain, which I've always thought (though maybe not in those words) would be entirely unsurprising if you saw it on Upworthy as "this portrait artist painted the woman who cleans her apartment as a queen and you'll never believe the result!" or something. I like her a lot.
Her feet look like they were drawn by R. Crumb.
Looks like her jeans have a kind of unusual cut, too. Big knees.
In the original, I'm not seeing the ghosts of the Dykes at all. Though if, like me, you've wondered what they'd think of recent political news, there's an answer that's exactly what I'd have expected, which is reassuring in a way.
a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wenceslas_Hollar_-_Head_of_a_cat_(middle_size).jpg">another one that I like
another one that I like , this time after previewing the post
2: Size queen.
Yeah, the left foot is way too far forward given the angle the left leg is bent at. It's like her left foot is two feet long or something. And the fingers on her right hand look very weird as well. And the angles of the shadows on the wall and floor don't match the lighting... She should have tried drawing from a photo. And, yes, I only see one ghost on the wall behind her.
Fond of this one. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_the_Duke_of_Wellington
I like the way he's caught the exhaustion....
12.last should of course be "I don't even see spectral lesbians".
Ah but if it weren't for spectral lesbians, ajay, I'd have none at all.
The linked page is copyright 2023 for some reason.
Huh. Only Disney is supposed to be able to do that.
A spectral lesbian is a natural generalization of an eigenlesbian.
18: how does one compute the dot product of two lesbians?
I think photos of paintings have their own copyright in some jurisdictions. Sadly, we no longer have in-house IP counsel.
Hmm. Alison Bechdel is the second person that I have learned in recent weeks I have been erroneously assuming, based on their work, to be a Bay area person. The other was Sun Ra.
Ah but if it weren't for spectral lesbians, ajay, I'd have none at all.
I'd listen to this cover of "Born Under a Bad Sign".
19: I can't tell if the obvious answer belongs on standpipe's blog or not.
I thought it was hetero sex that yields an inner product.
Not to be confused with Rosa Klebb, a SPECTRE lesbian.
5 is good, though I'm partial to Goya's treatment of the entire royal family. I particularly like the part with the Goya self-portrait standing in the shadows of the background of that painting, with a look on his face that says "these fucking people."
In my little work-y area of our kitchen, I have postcards of http://c300221.r21.cf1.rackcdn.com/lucian-freud-girl-with-beret-1371356578_b.jpg - because my youngest loves Freud and I think it vaguely reminded me of her at the time, although I'm not sure I still love it enough to have it on my wall - and https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jean-auguste-dominique-ingres-monsieur-de-norvins - I just love his expression.
The youngest previously mentioned has http://i.huffpost.com/gen/493802/thumbs/o-152-PORTRAIT-OF-THE-HOUND-570.jpg?7 on her bedroom wall, which her friends all used to think was gross, but now they're all sophisticated 13 & 14 year olds, they claim to like it.
5. And yet the only serious attempt at a portrait of c.18 servants that I can think of (apart from black and Indian servants who were clearly treated as exotics) manages to be a lot more flattering than Goya's queen.
That said, I think I love everything Goya ever painted or drew.
Goya makes good beans.
I also get a kick out of Titian's
allegoric painting about wanking off portrait of Venus and the organist.
I think we ought to have a London meetup before Christmas
Even if you want to be sure to get one in before humanity dies in a nuclear fire, I would think you'd still have a couple of weeks in January available.
26: Ha, she looks just the same! And from looks passed the would-have-a-drink-with-her hurdle for sure. (Now wondering about online dating with portraits instead of photos, which could hardly be worse.)
31: lourdes and I and the kid will be in London 12/26 - 12/29 or so, if anyone will be around. We'll also be in Dublin 12/19 through Christmas. Maybe I can buy emir a pint as thanks for her friendly advice for my sister, possibly with the sister.
I have a catalogue-esque book from the V&A re their portrait miniature collection that is one of my favorite books, both for the marvelous portraits and for the excellent descriptions of the kit. Basically a collection of bits and bobs from the little bodies of the wind in the willows headliners.
33: Henry VIII thought that about Anne of Cleves and was seriously disappointed.
36: You think better selfies would have saved him? I may not have the distance to evaluate but it hardly seems worse.
34: D'oh, we're going to be in Dublin but with no overlap, 12/4 through 12/12.
39 was I.
At the lamprey barber shop, every kid gets a sucker.
Googling for a Whistler sketch I remember admiring in Glasgow, once, I came across:
Because there's a couple of famous Whistler portraits of her.
"Never accepted by her husband's family or by polite society, she was a flamboyant and controversial figure, who was given to driving herself around London in a high phaeton, drawn by a pair of zebras."
And also, even better:
"She is believed to have met Sir Henry at the Casino de Venise in Holburn, where she worked as a banjo-playing barmaid and prostitute under the name Val Reece."
Aw, the link in 8 was great, thanks for posting that Thorn. I used to read Dykes when I was in college, now Im having a nostalgia attack.
I don't like how all the characters have little lines under their eyes to indicate aging... I must have them too.
Something positive about gender? Trolling about anime. Yuri on Ice is a current popular anime about a romance between male figure skaters. Available for free streaming on Crunchyroll
Spoilers Yuri on Ice Ep8 Discussion I found the politics here new to me, and interesting. Sorry for the length, but a link wouldn't be followed and the particular discussion below important. Many things are not covered below, our heroes have a "feminine" skating style contrasted with the Russian "masculine" style...guess which wins.
Johnny Weir retweeted/reblogged that Victor costume!!
There are actually a lot of professional skaters watching/tweeting about Yuri on Ice; Evgenia Medvedeva has been posting her reacts to each episode and it honestly makes my day when she does. That girl is one of us.
This anime has been both incredibly genre savvy and incredibly good about flipping those same genre expectations on their heads. Mitsurou Kubo (show writer) has said that she very deliberately wanted to write a healthy relationship where gender isn't important. So we didn't get a traditional BL gay panic scene, or family and friends who are anything less than incredibly supportive, and all the conflict in the show has been important interpersonal stuff necessary for character development, or about skating. And all that is what makes me love this show so so much.
At the same time, YoI is crazy well researched (Sayo Yamamoto is god tier skating otaku) and I find it near-impossible to believe that she wouldn't be aware of the discourse around LGBT athletes, particularly ice skaters in Russia, regardless of the way Japan views sexual identity. You could choose to divorce any other show nominally set in the real world from its context, but Yamamoto chose to make an anime about this relationship, in this sport, at this time - with an OP called 'History Maker' and commentators in the show saying "love wins". She chose to make the main relationship Japanese/Russian interracial and set their first kiss in China, all three countries with less than optimal laws for LGBT rights.
Is it deliberately political? Probably not! But is it all coincidence? I don't think it is, but it'll probably never be confirmed, and I don't expect it to be. I'm just saying they'd do their best to make the show realistic, and the context is a part of that. YoI has been quietly groundbreaking on so many fronts already, what's another to add to the list?
One thing to consider is that the attitude of Russian politicians and less educated public is not necessarily the same as the attitudes of all Russian citizens.
Evgeni Plushenko openly said that he thinks that the anti-gay laws are silly, , Anna Pogorilaya not only voiced her disapproval but even had an EX program to Conchita's "Rise like a Phoenix" (switching clothes from manly to feminine during the program), Evgenia Medvedeva is openly shipping Victuri on her Twitter, some Russian skaters participated in a party organized for Johnny Weir and his husbands' anniversary during a show in Japan. None of those skaters suffered any backlash from the government.
I don't think the anti-LGBT folks in Russia would be very likely to even acknowledge Victor's relationship with Yuuri... IRL a lot of anti-gay propaganda (especially around Sochi) claimed that it's impossible for LGBT athletes to exist (as "gayness" is an illness that renders people too mentally and physically weak to succeed in sports). By attacking Victor, not only would they lose their cash cow and national hero, but would punch a hole in their own narrative.
[-]Maiden_Sunshine 14 points 3 days ago
I don't know why the simple and beautiful affection in this show makes me want to blush as well. I buried my face in my hands at Yuuri's kiss. This show is going to kill me.
Notes: As to a sociology of r/anime, there are a lot of lurkers, and shows of specific appeal will draw slightly different commenters. However, r/anime remains 80% young het male and any comment quantities above 100 generally show widespread interest. The 500 here show a successful show. Smash Hits go over a 1000.
You can read all the comments if you want to look at reception.
2) This is still late-night niche anime, not at all mainstream or primetime, and in no way indicates a gay-positive Japan, just a segment of Japan. YoI is also new and remarkable for its gay positivity; anime is not so great historically, trans people as sources of humour, for instance. OTOH, trans and cross-dressers do get minor and active parts on many series, as fighters with interior lives, funny and poignant, and have for decades. I have no idea about what is on America tv anymore. Maybe the Avengers or Walking Dead have out gay couples and trans superheroes!
3) For all the various reasons, Japanese cultures and subcultures have contingent and particular attitudes toward gender which are very complicated.
Delete if you find this or me too monstrous and horrific to bear. I'll understand.
I hope you won't find me too monstrous and horrifying if I decide, prejudicially, that anime about ice-skaters cannot possibly be the best use of my time.
45 Really? Because I'm thinking it might be just the thing to take my mind off the horror show that's unfolding before us.
Good point. But I have entire channels of ridiculous wuxia movies for that.
Anyway, how are you, Barry?
43.2: I thought it was just that they hadn't been sleeping! But you're probably right both about what it is and that it doesn't need to be a spark for introspection. Denial works fine.
48 Downpour here in Arrakis. My apartment is flooded. Ugh.They really can't build for shit here.
The whole "never a single drop of rain" thing gave them false confidence.
At least it's localized in one corner of the kitchen but it's pretty bad and gross.
It's an upside down world, Moby.
All older Hong Kong movies seem to be on Youtube. Though for some reason I'm coping by finally watching Breaking Bad.
If Breaking Bad were about wandering martial artists in a mythical ancient China I might get around to watching the seasons that I have received as gifts in iTunes. As it stands, the Flippanter Line still largely holds against prestige-television-that-Whitey-likes-to-write-hot-takes-about.
entire channels of ridiculous wuxia movies for that.
So jealous. When I was in that part of the world, all I had was entire channels of ridiculous WW2 melodramas.
Are there other kinds of prestige television, Flip?
Speaking of Russian ice skating, some Holocaust-themed Skating from the wife of a Putin ally.
34: Damn, I'll be in France then.
56: I have those too!
Good luck Barry!
Thanks, done cleaning up for the night. Will have to hit it again tomorrow and get some cleaning supplies, maybe have a ceiling tile in the kitchen replaced by maintenance. Sorry to rain (no pun intended) negativity on the something positive thread. I have paintings to add but I'm spent.
Ugh, Barry, no need to apologize. Even reading about that kind of pain and annoyance is a break from the usual kind.
54ff: Oh hey, The Flash is pretty good and wholesome. Stranger Things is clever and scary. Walking Dead is thoroughly disgusting, but my daughters love it, and I lack the parental power to deny it to them.
I am up for pints! Pity you're not all around at the same time. I think I have figured out your crazy NorAm date system, I just have to check my own dates. Through extreme stupidity I have ridiculously overscheduled my free time, as follows:
(i) On most Saturday mornings (sometimes into the early afternoon) I have lectures and/or workshops for a fairly heavy duty diploma type course which will make me a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners. Lots of tax stuff which I kind of enjoy but occasionally gives me pangs of conscience. I have been waiting for a couple of years for this course to come around again. Fortunately a decent chunk of it is stuff I know or sort of know but am out of date in.
(ii) I have also been meaning for years to get a recognised navigation theory qualification so I signed up for a shorebased RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper course. That's on Wednesday nights for about two hours. My mentality was "the diploma is for work and because I should but this is for me!". Luckily it's not all new either, I have a good basis already from years of bits here and there.
(iii) I foolishly signed up for a six week class in sean-nós singing which is taught by the friend of a friend, on the basis that singing with other people brings me joy. That's on Tuesdays and although I do like it I am already looking forward to it coming to an end. This week I missed both this and the navigation class for family/funeral reasons (elderly uncle, 85 and wasn't in great health, slightly minor celebrity in Ireland - the president was at the funeral)
(iv) I also have a weekly Pilates class on Monday evenings which is vital in keeping me reasonably pain free and one Thursday evening a month I volunteer at a free legal advice clinic.
This is all insane obviously and completely my own fault. As a result my diet has never been less healthy as I am just grabbing whatever is quick and handy.
Live studiously, die old, and leave a well-certified corpse.
"Don't pay the ferryman. Don't even fix a price. Don't pay the ferryman. Until he gets RCA Yachtmaster certified."
It makes sense not to pay, but if there isn't even a price set, why would the ferryman even go across?
It's not talking to yourself if you put "opinionated" before some of the comments.
I have a feeling opinionated grandma talks to herself a lot.
Alistair Adams' portrait of Tony Blair is sensational:
The link doesn't do it justice, because it is well over life size and Blair seems to loom out of the canvas into the hall of the NPG. It always horrifies me whenever I go.
72 is nicely done and sort of both subtle and not subtle. It does seem like it would be terrifying. Four feet by three feet of Tony Blair's face is the stuff of nightmares even without the clammy coloring and gruesome detail.
Lourdes/Lurid I would be up for a meet in the days between xmas and the new year. 27th I think I am in the office and free in the evening.
Oh fucketa fucking queep; i find myself in student accommodation with thin walls and someone playing young people's music in the next room, punctuated by drug crazed giggles. I WANT TO SLEEP
At supper a theology lecturer said to me that they would happily pay to read the Guardian on line but hated the way the paper could track what they read, so that if they looked at some "slightly scandalous" picture or story on the ste, someone (other than god) would know that they had done so. So, would buy a sub in exchange for anonymity. I considered this novel addition to our demographic segmentation and then suggested he use Tor.
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The Guardian has "slightly scandalous" material? ??
Hey teo have you ever been here? https://mobile.twitter.com/portolanchart01/status/803507788362240000
79 It may be the best Linux training institute in Chennai but that's still a long 6 hour drive from Bangalore and its famed independent escorts. I need my blog comment spam to fulfill all of my one stop shopping in India needs.
80: You learn something every day in this job.
84: I haven't looked at the Guardian site in a while; I am wondering if they have gone to a Daily Mail-style Sidebar of Shame.
"You won't BELIEVE what happened to Tim Dowling's washing machine this morning!"
81: No, but now I wish I'd gotten the chance. I've only been to Juneau a couple of times, for work without much free time to explore.