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Today's Great Masters Disasters entry features an eye-rolling teenager captured for eternity.
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Also, over on Great Masters Disasters, I can tell I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of the Mannerists.
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I'm staring at the categories and tags that I've got for GMD so far* (listed in the footer), and wondering if it wouldn't make more sense to swap the tags and the categories so that the tags become categories (and able to be listed alphabetically!) and the categories become tags.

Which way makes more sense to you? It's a reasonably trivial job to swap them now, but if it gets significantly larger, then it won't be.

ETA: And as a thank-you for helping me decide, I shall let you know about the painting Boilly as a Sans-Culotte that can be found here, and which is absolutely fantastic.

* Today we pick on Titian! Titian picks back! Titian wins!
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New post up on in which I tackle the Mona Lisa! And wade through the oceans of batshit conspiracy theories so you don't have to!


Jan. 20th, 2012 04:24 pm
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I meant to post this yesterday, but forgot. The man standing in back of yesterday's entry on Great Masters Disasters reminds me very strongly of someone, but I cannot place him. I'm not sure if it's an actor or other entertainer, or someone I've met in real life. Does he strike a bell for anyone else?

(The seated goldsmith is, naturally, a relative of CiarĂ¡n Hinds.)
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Also: looking for submissions of screwups, and for co-bloggers.
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Great Masters Disasters is still going, despite me being ill. I've just put up a post on Ingres' squashed Madame Riviere, and Thursday and Friday's posts went up as previously scheduled. :) (I'll claim I took Monday off in honor of MLK Jr Day, instead of taking it off in honor of my-computer-is-dead-day.)

And now, I'm looking for fellow bloggers! Rewards: intrinsic! Or, at least, the pleasure of looking through lots of classic art and finding mistakes! (And a share of the fantabulous loot from any ad revenue that comes in if I ever bother to monetarize it or if Cheezburger buys it out. So, you know, TOTALLY GUARANTEED! XD) But mostly intrinsic! Bonus points if you've got a Facebook page and are willing to help get GMD onto FB and monitor conversations there.
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Great Masters Disasters, with three disasters (or "disasters", really) so far. I used a premium Wordpress theme that was very elegant and de-eleganted it by changing the nice soft grey font to dark grey and by bumping it all up a few pixels, as it made me squint to read.

Have at it! and suggest some of your own so I don't have to spend every waking moment scanning the web for works of art. XD

ETA: I repeat the image in each post, smaller, because the nice huge version is a Wordpress Featured Image. The only problem with that is that I'm going to attempt to write descriptions of the paintings for accessibility purposes, and the plugin I'm using that automagically appends the "longdesc" tag to images does not do so for Featured Images. Hence a repetition of it, smaller, so that the tag gets put in there for screen readers. If the plugin gets updated, or if I give up and update it myself, I'll stop the repetition.
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So, as I said this weekend in comments over on DW, I mmmmight just now own And I'm open for submissions while I'm working out how the site should look -- I won't be able to really see how it should look until I get 10 or so works posted.

My basic idea is a picture of a painting/sculpture/etc. with the basic info on it (title, artist, dimensions, location) and, after the jump (cut for you LJ/DW users), a closeup of the bit that the artist screwed up or dropped the ball on, with some text explaining why (and maybe even why it probably wasn't a priority for the artist - in some cases, if you spend too much time on an unimportant aspect, it takes away from the focus of the painting, in other cases the painting was meant to be viewed from way down below on the ground, so some liberties with perspective were taken).

And maybe even some things where artists break the rules to great effect - there were a couple of paintings by Caravaggio followers in the exhibit (one was a copy of the other, actually) where the rule that you never have a strong diagonal leading directly off the corner of a picture was broken. Normally you don't do this because it takes the eye of the viewer out of the picture. In these cases, the strong diagonal leading off the page was an angel pointing out heaven to a saint about to be martyred. In this case you want the viewer heading off the canvas and up towards God. Although preferably after spending some time circling the action in the painting first.

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