Pieter Bruegel Paints Farts

painter of farts

Is the Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder the only one to paint farts? I would have thought yes, but no, there’s more than a few childish artists out there that have painted farts. Bruegel’s art may not have been as strange as the bizarre worlds created by Hieronymus Bosch but some of his paintings do come close. They don’t get much stranger than his 1562 work The Fall of the Rebel Angels which depicts a scene from that equally nutty piece of literature, the Book of Revelation. Among the farting beasts and fallen angels are all kinds of weird and horrible creatures.Continue Reading

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling Tour Online

sistine chapel by michelangelo

Since I don’t use my passport much anymore, I’m happy to see so much great art being put online. The great museums and art collections of the world should have been online 10 years ago, but it’s better late than never. The Vatican has made themselves useful and decided to share Michelangelo’s great masterpiece with the world online. Their Sistine Chapel ceiling virtual tour makes you feel a little drunk when you first start moving the mouse around but you’ll quickly get used to it. I have never seen the Sistine Chapel in real life but looking at it online makes me think it would be a little underwhelming as the ceiling is so high. Is that the case? Or is it like some of the great mosques that I have seen in Turkey where the ceilings are high but the experience is still mind blowing? Continue Reading

Beautiful Death – The Catacomb Saints

skeletons with jewels

How much cooler are these dead saints covered in bling than Damien Hirst’s diamond skull? The 400 year old skeletons were dressed up and decorated by churches and distributed to other churches and monasteries throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They’re each dressed as a particular saint but the skeletons didn’t necessarily belong to anyone of any great religious importance. The jewels, costumes, armor and other bling were meant to represent the heavenly treasures that awaited the faithful in death. I would much prefer my gold in this life ;-) Continue Reading

Crucified Kids of Erik Ravelo

los intocables by eric ravelo

A friend just showed me the “Untouchables” or “Los Intocables” series of images by the Cuban born Fabrica photographer Erik Ravelo. They’re very powerful images and push a lot of hot buttons. They’re a good summary of what a pathetic species we are. Of course there’s so many more reasons why we suck, but this is a good start..Continue Reading

El Greco Painting Record

el greco auction record

A bidding war between a Russian collector and an Indian collector saw the 3 to 5 million pound estimate of El Greco’s “Saint Dominic in Prayer” almost double to reach an auction record for the artist of £9,154,500 or about $14,000,000 USD.

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Jesus Christ in Art + Controversy

One of the easiest ways for an artist to get a little media love is to make fun of a religion. People usually take their religion a little too seriously, so it’s a proven method to create some controversy and to get your brand out there. It’s probably better to pick on religions like christianity, buddhism or maybe even judaism though as you may have to go in to protective custody if you go picking on islam (they really take their religion seriously).

I have been noticing Jesus Christ popping up quite a bit lately..Continue Reading

Caravaggio’s Kiss of Judas Stolen

A Carravagio masterpiece has been stolen from the Museum of Western and Eastern Art in the Ukraine. The painting has been called both “The Taking of Christ” and “The Kiss of Judas”

From a Reuters report “Police said they entered through a window, bypassing an outdated alarm system by removing a pane of glass rather than breaking it. They then escaped across the museum’s roof.”

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Gay Jesus Play in Sydney – Corpus Christi

A controversial play just recently opened in Sydney by the American playwright Terrence McNally called Corpus Christi. The play depicts Jesus as a gay man that is seduced by Judas and also shows Jesus marrying two gay men.

Robert Forsyth, the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney said a few tame things like “It’s historical nonsense and I wouldn’t want to go and see it. Life’s too short.”Continue Reading

The Virgin of the Rocks

Coxsoft Art has pointed out that the National Gallery in London scanned the under-layers of Leonardo’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” painting. They used a technique called “Infrared Reflectography” which is similar to x-radiography. There’s more on infrared reflectograms at the Art Institute of Chicago for those that are interested.Continue Reading

Chocolate Christ Crucified

Coxsoft art recently posted this article about a chocolate Christ. It’s a six foot high sculpture of Jesus Christ, made from chocolate. “My Sweet Lord” by the artist Cosimo Cavallaro was meant to be exhibited at the Lab Gallery in Manhattan over the Easter period.

But, as you can see in the photo of the chocolate Christ to the left, it is much too F%*KIN% offensive to be exhibited! Or at least that’s what the “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights” thinks of the work.Continue Reading