1 strange painting... (by Giulio Romano)
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    I think its awesome. I dig the chimera. Want to share
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    I like it too. I don't really understand the symbolism behind it, but I thinks it's pretty cool.

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    hahaha i like god doing an impression of me after about 60 clams and a load of superbock

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    I wonder if there are many people out there who can still read this sort of allegorical code in paintings.

    Symbols age and die. Something that had used to need no explanation and had been an instantly recognizable metaphor in the days when the painting was made, has been forgotten and unrecognizable after a time. So we stare at this sort of work and can't make out the head or tail of it.

    Then there are cultural references, allusions to politics, jokes, and the artist's original ideas... which are even harder to grasp without the context. Context is ninety percent of understanding; once it is lost, the formerly relevant work drifts out of touch with us.

    Bosch's work is especially stuffed with these kinds of symbols, even his more "conventional" paintings. But a lot of other art has them hiding, overlooked by us for lack of context - visual and literary alike.

    In a couple hundred years, the symbols and tropes in our period's art will also drift away like this.

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    To me the symbolism here is amounts to hit happens even to the gods(and as result to the universe represented by the poor fish drowning in puke) but the whole thing seems like a very cynical take on the depiction of religion and mythology in art.

    The snake eating its tail in the context of the title obviously represents implosion or the circle of life.
    The Atom shape kind of baffles me

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    Arenhaus - VelocityK - Voodoo, this picture is in my top 20 "strange paintings"...
    yes lightanddark - image of the "uroborus" in the center is very clear...

    From Wiki:
    Ouroboros often represents cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself,

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    Puking is timeless.

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    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gondol2 View Post
    Incidentally, in the context of this painting, is he eating himself or throwing himself up?

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    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.
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    The bird at the top could be a phoenix rising from an egg set on fire. The fish-things might actually be dolphins since they were often depicted like that in the past, no idea about the possible meaning though... it's a pity that there is not enough information left to understand paintings like this one.

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    Tis a cycle of a drunken night out.
    Predicted way before it's time of modern day interpretation


    Beginning at Top Right:
    -Tipsy Frolicking
    -eating something on a slab, be it some form of avian, likely KFC
    -Travel to actual Bar
    -Make merry, things get messy,becoming chimeric monsters, due to excessive inebriation, note the tentacle-like tail trying to grasp at women who appear angelic
    -Finally the last travelling home is in a boat so it's a lot more bumpy and uncomfortable
    -and finally being overly sick and vomiting vile extrusions all over the place

    in all seriousness this style of classicism is always awe inspiring... but great to have a good laugh about


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    haha Steamhat this is drunken symbolism!

    P.S. wiki: Giulio Romano has the distinction of being the only Renaissance artist to be mentioned by William Shakespeare. In Act V, Scene II of The Winter's Tale Queen Hermione's statue is by "that rare Italian master, Julio Romano", although Giulio was not a sculptor.

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    Drawing by Giulio Romano

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    Chamber of the Giants





    Giulio Romano - View of the Sala dei Giganti
    The Chamber of the Giants is the most famous room in the Palazzo Te in Mantua.

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    engraving portrait of Giulio Romano

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    Quote Originally Posted by manlybrian View Post
    Incidentally, in the context of this painting, is he eating himself or throwing himself up?
    Slurping himself

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    Smile 2 lovers

    2 lovers...

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