Friday, December 04, 2009

fine art friday...

... by Jean Leon Gerome.

18 comments:

Dymphna said...

Oooh I want that dress.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

"Kat leveled her eyes at the young Swiss Guard and said, 'Let me by to view the Sistine Chapel or I'll uncross my arms.'"

NCTradCatholic said...

Katrina,

Please do your male viewers a favor and do not put such pictures on your blog. It is an occasion of mortal sin for us. Thank you.

The Crescat said...

NCTradCatholic...

Then might I recommend you avoid all museums for fear of mortal peril. I would also advise you not visit the sistine chapel either for all the nakedness might be too much of a distraction... clearly the artist's intent.

Gentleman Farmer said...

It's not entirely clear to me precisely of what mortal sin this picture might be the PROXIMATE occasion. St. Alphonsus wrote that only if a person actually sins four out of 10 times in a particular situation should it be considered the PROXIMATE occasion of mortal sin, and thus avoided.

The only way to avoid the occasion of mortal sin is to shoot yourself in the temple. Which doesn't work anyway, since THAT's a mortal sin.

Not wishing to draw others into sin, I will refrain from discussing the fine point of whether this particular picture would be only a single occasion of sin, or two occasions of sin.

berenike said...

You totally put this up to gt a rise out of people, admit it :)

NCTradCatholic said...

Doesn't really matter what the artist's intent was. Sorry, I thought this was a Catholic blog.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

It is, NCTradCatholic. As is mine. It's just not your brand of Catholic blog.

steve said...

Sorry, I thought this was a Catholic blog.

What a douchebag comment.

If this painting caused you to fall into sin, then why did you come back to the blog? To troll in the combox some more? Or because you are just creepy?

Btw, there's worse "sinful" art at the Vatican. I've seen it. You may have seen it as well on television. It's located where the Pope says Mass.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

Interestingly enough, I do not recall NCTradCatholic having issue with pictures of handsome, young Swiss Guards, as is often seen here on this blog. Would that not lead us female Catholics into an occasion of mortal sin? Or are only male Catholics so weak-minded?

steve said...

I do not recall NCTradCatholic having issue with pictures of handsome, young Swiss Guards, as is often seen here on this blog.

That's because they kept their nipples 100% covered unlike the floozy in the painting. If this were a real Catholic blog, this would have been a painting of a woman wearing a denim jumper and a mantilla.

Gregory Thaumaturgas said...
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Gregory Thaumaturgas said...

Yea NCTrad, I share your views.

Not that I'm a weird super Trad or anything, but I think the see-through shirt thing is a bit much.

I mean at least if you have Aphrodite people know it's just some pagan goddess... but this seems to be an "elegant" picture. :(

Not like :(

steve said...

If you think this painting is bad, check out the Sistine Chapel altar: full frontal!
http://www.eyeconart.net/history/Renaissance/MichLastJudge.jpg

Even worse, St. Pius X celebrated Mass there:
http://tinyurl.com/yjcvyld

Fear not! There is a place for the joyless trads of the world here: (I'm sure there is plenty of Thomas Kinkade treacle there as well)
http://tinyurl.com/yfjj4bt

The Digital Hairshirt said...

Steve, is Wylie the Thomas Kinkade of the ocean blue, or is Thomas Kinkade the Wylie of saccharine cottages? I can't decide!

WWSWD?!

(What Would Sister Wendy Do?)

Gentleman Farmer said...

"Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance; a mild, loving, patient, heart; kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners in the exchange of daily life; that I may give offence to none, but as much as in lies live in charity with all men." In nomine Patris et fillii et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.

Let me be blunt, so that there can be no misunderstanding. There are only very peculiar circumstances wherein telling what I believe to be the truth is either unloving or uncharitable. This is not one of those circumstances.

If, looking at this picture, your first or primary reaction is increased heart rate, sweaty palms, flushed face, and uncontrollable desire to hire a prostitute, then by all means avert your eyes. This, for you, is plainly a near or proximate occasion of sin. I also strongly recommend that you submit yourself for treatment by a skilled psychiatrist.

I'll tell you what I think when I look at this picture. I think that the day The Lord conceived of this woman He was having a very good day. I also think that the day He decided by His Grace to gift the artist with the skill to do this thing, He was having an extraordinarily good day.

I confess that I did not at first notice the tiny crescent of areola (Latin for "little open place") which has apparently caused some to recoil in horror and flee for the exits. I was instead drawn to the face. The facial dimensions are "wrong" for "classical" female beauty. Her eyes are not the same size; her eyebrows too heavy; her chin too strong. Yet she is extraordinary. She has not the slightest doubt that she is a woman. Deo gratias.

I would write more but it's time to get ready for 12:30 Mass in the Extraordinary Form, 1962 Missal in hand.

p.s. I think women in denim jumpers wearing mantillas are hot.

margaret said...

I like her headwear. Face it, everyone has nipples, but not everyone has a hat like that or the chutzpah to wear it.

kired said...

From the anatomical viewpoint, she seems normal to me. From the artistic viewpoint, she is beautiful.