Friday, May 29, 2015

Could this be you?


12 comments:

  1. A little fatalistic there lately, FreeThinke.

    JMJ

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    1. Eternal immutable Truth cannot be dated.

      How the modern tendency to "nosh" endlessly on tons of out-and-out crap at every available opportunity relates to "Vanity" I cannot imagine. If any anything, other than pointing to the huge success "Bernaysian" advertising techniques have enjoyed in pandering to human weakness, it indicates a tremendous lack of proper self-esteem –– a desirable quality that should never be confused with morbid egocentrism.

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    2. The vanitas school covers several themes of funerary art.

      The one I posted is a very witty parody of the greatest Dutch vanitas still life painter, Willem Hedda.

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    3. I sensed both "Still Life" and "Old Master," Ducky, but what all that has to do with Vanity I still don't understand. Why is it called "The Vanitas School of Funerary Art?"

      Who contrives these names and categories to help us define, remember –– and presumably understand –– Art better?

      I doubt very much if our friend Willem Hedda thought of himself as a practitioner of "Funerary Art of the Vanitas School," any more than J.S. Bach regarded himself as "The Culmination of the Baroque Period" in Music, so how do these curious academic designations come about?

      Might make an interesting study all by itself.

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  3. Jersey,

    What's fatalistic about it? That is a timeless picture, and it expresses the eternal truth that all beauty, and indeed all mortal life is fleeting.

    Ducky, I don't get it.

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    1. FT's got the vibe lately. Heck... What am I saying? He always does! LOL!

      JMJ

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    2. You got de Vibes
      I got de Vibes
      All God's chillun's gots de Vibes

      When we gets to Hebben
      We can jibe wiff de Vibes
      Den we can dance
      All over God's Hebben!


      §;-D=

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    1. Toshan Tarra Diddler said

      Gratuitous Displays of Extraneous Knowledge Offered Not To Shed Light Or Enhance the Discussion, But For The Primary Purpose Of Giving An Impression Of Superiority are not welcome.

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  5. Famous tombstone epitaph:

    Consider, friend, as you pass by: As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you too shall be. Prepare, therefore, to follow me.
    — Scottish tombstone

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    1. __________ The Minor Poet __________

      His little trills and chirpings were his best.
      No music like the nightingale's was born
      Within his throat; but he, too, laid his breast
      Upon a thorn.


      ~ Dorothy Parker - from "Tombstones in the Starlight"

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