"Method of this work: literary montage. I have nothing to say only to show" --Walter Benjamin

I have been invited coming Sunday to speak at the Rubens exhibition “Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his legacy” about my suspicion that the 17th century beauty ideal was not Rubens’s “rubenesque" BBWs, but rather that Rubens managed to ‘sell’ his personal fetish to Europe during his lifetime. See here.
Truth be told, I’ve never liked Rubens as I’ve previously explained.
But while researching his fatties today, I stumbled upon this lovely Two Sleeping Children [1], who remind me of the Cherubs of the Sistine Madonna.
There is a whole category of sleeping children over at Wikimedia[2].
Nothing more peaceful, innocent and soothing to the eye than a sleeping child.
We have a saying in Flanders, that all children are ‘good’ when they are sleeping. I can remember when all of my three daughters were young, that having them sleeping next to me in their room gave me an enormous feeling of peace and contentment.

I have been invited coming Sunday to speak at the Rubens exhibition “Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his legacy” about my suspicion that the 17th century beauty ideal was not Rubens’s “rubenesque" BBWs, but rather that Rubens managed to ‘sell’ his personal fetish to Europe during his lifetime. See here.

Truth be told, I’ve never liked Rubens as I’ve previously explained.

But while researching his fatties today, I stumbled upon this lovely Two Sleeping Children [1], who remind me of the Cherubs of the Sistine Madonna.

There is a whole category of sleeping children over at Wikimedia[2].

Nothing more peaceful, innocent and soothing to the eye than a sleeping child.

We have a saying in Flanders, that all children are ‘good’ when they are sleeping. I can remember when all of my three daughters were young, that having them sleeping next to me in their room gave me an enormous feeling of peace and contentment.

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Rip Aslan (1930-2014). His girls always smiled. I have an original print of him somewhere, a present from Nuit de Chine.

Rip Aslan (1930-2014). His girls always smiled. I have an original print of him somewhere, a present from Nuit de Chine.

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Detail of the Temple of Human Passions frieze by Jef Lambeaux.
Yesterday in Brussels, the Temple of Human Passions. This ‘scandalous’ work was closed to the public for a long time. I have been looking in vain for contemporary comments on its offensiveness.
Photo: J. W. Geerinck

Detail of the Temple of Human Passions frieze by Jef Lambeaux.

Yesterday in Brussels, the Temple of Human Passions. This ‘scandalous’ work was closed to the public for a long time. I have been looking in vain for contemporary comments on its offensiveness.

Photo: J. W. Geerinck

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Fauns and Sleeping Nymph by Arnold Böcklin.
Böcklin always makes me laugh.

Fauns and Sleeping Nymph by Arnold Böcklin.

Böcklin always makes me laugh.

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In a recent post[1] I mentioned a painting I once saw at Art Brussels of a man crying a river/waterfall.
Paul Rumsey has identified this painting as Teun Hocks's Untitled (Man Crying a River) (above).
The work gives new meaning to “Cry Me a River”.
Photo via a-place-in-the-sun.

In a recent post[1] I mentioned a painting I once saw at Art Brussels of a man crying a river/waterfall.

Paul Rumsey has identified this painting as Teun Hocks's Untitled (Man Crying a River) (above).

The work gives new meaning to “Cry Me a River”.

Photo via a-place-in-the-sun.

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Locust Tank by Nicolas Lampert
Via hotparade

Locust Tank by Nicolas Lampert

Via hotparade

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Details of Angelo Bronzino’s Portrait of Nano Morgante.

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Detail of one of the Sea monsters fountains (Florence) [1] by Pietro Tacca.
Highlight in the history of the visual grotesque.
photo: Jan Willem Geerinck

Detail of one of the Sea monsters fountains (Florence) [1] by Pietro Tacca.

Highlight in the history of the visual grotesque.

photo: Jan Willem Geerinck

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The Drunken Youth by Frans van Mieris the Elder in the collection of the Uffizi.
I saw this at the Uffizi where I was particularly impressed with the ceiling grotesques, on which I bought the booklet Grotesques: The Painted Ceilings at the Uffizi.

The Drunken Youth by Frans van Mieris the Elder in the collection of the Uffizi.

saw this at the Uffizi where I was particularly impressed with the ceiling grotesques, on which I bought the booklet Grotesques: The Painted Ceilings at the Uffizi.

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Grave monument for Alexandra Smallwood or wife of Usigli? by Aldo Andreani at the Cimitero Monumentale di Mantova cemetery in Mantova.
This reminds me of the body horror (or bio horror or horticultural horror) of the Krupp fountain in the courtyard of the Kunstgewerbehaus, Munich.
Photo Jan Willem Geerinck

Grave monument for Alexandra Smallwood or wife of Usigli? by Aldo Andreani at the Cimitero Monumentale di Mantova cemetery in Mantova.

This reminds me of the body horror (or bio horror or horticultural horror) of the Krupp fountain in the courtyard of the Kunstgewerbehaus, Munich.

Photo Jan Willem Geerinck

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