Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Cool Artwork: Jan Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece
I know what you're thinking. You think I'm displaying this image so I can turn you into a devout Catholic. If that is what you suspect, well, let me tell you that you are correct. You guys are all hedonists, anarchists, sadists, duckbill platypusists, communists, somnabulists, populists, capitalists, existentialists, and all sorts of other ists. To counteract all these evil ists I'm showing you this painting in an effort to change your ways and guide you to the correct ism.
Besides telling you about the awesomeness of the Catholic religion, I'm here to tell you about the painting pictured above. It's marvelous. Why? It's so freakin' detailed. I guess that's a reason. And it's totally surreal. The bottom middle part is ridiculously weird in its perspective which gives the image a surreal quality. Plus it's got all these super detailed plants and beautifully painted people and a lamb that's gonna get slaughtered. And the clothes are painted super nicely too. I'm a big fan of clothes, specially nicely painted clothes. Bravo. I guess that's it. Well, I could give you a more serious answer but you'd probably want to shoot me in the head.
In case you don't know me well and didn't realize I was joking, let me declare my respect for many of the different ists out there. Be sure to choose your ist wisely, defining yourself by the group or subset you belong to is the key to modern day happiness and also the path to ultimate victory (I don't know what victory entails, I just thought I should say that).
PS. Individualism is so 19th/20th century. To make things easier on ourselves we need to move past the cult of the individual and start redefining ourselves in terms of what television programs or channels we watch. All the other ists and isms are way too confusing anyways. So we'll boil it down to tv... You could be a Simpsonist, or a Spongebobist, or a Stewartist, or an Iron Chefist. Or a Foxist, or a Cartoon Networkist. Obviously it goes on and on. As you can see I've got solutions for everything, just like MacGyver...