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  1. thirtyandhealthy

    Of course it’s a depiction of the myth of Oedipus, any idiot . . . em yeah. So the first baby jesus painting makes him look like a famous British comedian called Matt Lucas.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, it gave me a giggle. You are totally right, my sense of humour is advanced because of Buffy and my knowledge of popular culture is superior to that of my peers 😉

    1. Hannah

      Exactly, the Oedipus thing is as clear as day, right? 😉 Teehee, I see what you mean about Matt Lucas…

      Now, you’re clearly a Buffy fan, but are you in-the-know about the awesomeness of Firefly…?

  2. croquecamille

    Oh, that wacky Max Ernst. If you ever get a chance to see an exhibit of his “Semaine de Bonte” (there’s an accent on that last e, but I don’t know how to make them on my Mom’s computer), I’d love to see the Wayfaring Chocolate take on it. And if you have a chance to buy a book with prints of the whole collection, do it. Take it from me, you’ll regret it forever if you don’t.

    Also, Magritte is my favorite artist of all. Whither the Magritte love?

    1. Hannah

      Your Mum’s computer? CAMILLE, ARE YOU IN AMERICA?! Oh dear heavens, I hope you’re making the most of it and eating all the lovely Americans scrumptious delights we’ve talked about in recent months! Oh, flavoured peanut butter…

      I shall endeavour to keep an eye out for that exhibition, and I do apologise for not having any Magritte for you. I wasn’t sure if photos were allowed in this gallery, so I could only take shots when no one else was in the room with me…

  3. Anna Johnston

    Really! The last sculpture is really MM? Thinking myself it has not too subtle overtones of J – surely that square jaw & muscly arms could not be that of a her. Perhaps the artist was confused…, yes, that’s it…. very confused…. 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Definitely Mary Magdalene, but I see what you mean about the masculine overtones! However, as someone who once had an argument about whether I was female or not, I feel rather protective of women who are accused of not looking like women… 😉

  4. jess

    Poor old Mary is looking a little tired and haggard

    1. Hannah

      She is, isn’t she? I guess she had a rough trot…

  5. Monique@She's Going The Distance

    you know what’s crazy, I went to Florence several years ago… but never saw any art haha. Well, unless you count that David on the hill statue. 🙂

    1. Hannah

      As long as you ate lots of gelato, I think you can be forgiven for not seeing any art 😉

  6. whisperinggums

    Have you ever thought of applying for a job at the National Gallery of Australia? They’d jump at the chance if you only let them I’m sure.

    1. Hannah

      I wish you were being serious. That’d be awesome – and no essya marking involved!

  7. gmasydney

    Please be my tour guide next time I go to the Gallery.

    1. Hannah

      Absolutely! Once this period of marking is over, that is…

  8. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    That top picture of the baby Jesus (or baby Cheeses according to K&K) looks like Matt Lucas. And that Mary Magdalene is not a comely lass! 😮

    1. Hannah

      You’re the second person to have thought that! Wow! And can I please say thank you for the K&K quote? I just watched the first two seasons with my housemate, for the first time in a few years, and I’d forgotten how great it is!

  9. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    This is probably going to sound weird, but that’s never stopped me before so here you go.. I was looking at the horribly ugly Jesus in Filipepi’s Madonna and Child in the Glory of the Cherubs, and was struck by how familiar the ugly face was. It really reminded me of someone. And then is hit me: Miley Cyrus.

    1. jess


    2. Hannah

      OH DEAR HEAVENS. I see that too! I bet the painting of Jesus in the next room involved him pole-dancing in naught but a garter belt.

  10. L-Izzle

    I’m so lucky to have you in my life… I went through 4 years of uni to obtain a degree in art history, and they never ONCE taught me this stuff! The bastards!

    1. Hannah

      I’d be more than happy to teach you the skills of Art Whisperining for simply the cost of two years’ HECS… 😉

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    We should never meet for I would just barrage you with Kath & Kim quotes 😛

    1. Hannah

      That’s a risk I’d be willing to take 😀

  12. Louise

    Filippo Lippi in his adoration of Camaldoli is clearly suggesting that baby Jesus had hydrocephalus. I won’t delve too far into my religious views in this forum- but this could shine a whole new light on things.

  13. Hannah

    *hands over mouth and giggling wildly* Louise! I had to google that… *giggles* Yes, I think we should keep such talk off the public forum 😉

  14. Kath Lockett

    Bloody ‘ell – I didn’t expect to be so frightened first thing on a Monday morning ….

    ….. and that’s even before we know if Tony Abbott will be leading this country…… ~shudder~

    1. Hannah

      Just keeping you on your toes! 😉 And I know… just think, we might have to wake up to that same feeling of fear every day for the next three years…

  15. theresa

    Does that middle jesus have a beard?

    1. Hannah

      I’m sure it’s just a sexy five-o-clock shadow…. on a baby… ?!

  16. Johanna GGG

    maddalena??? I thought the last one was jesus!

    actually I was looking at a lot of these artworks thinking of what they might do to you in an episode of Dr Who? imagine alien cow after alien cow jumping out of the mouth of the giant clown – very scary stuff!

    1. Hannah

      Anna thought it was Jesus too – Donatello clearly has some explaining to do! 😉 Also, I was thinking of Dr Who as well when I wrote the alien cow caption. Great minds think alike, hmm?

  17. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Baby Jesus DOES often have a peanut head, doesn’t he?

    And wow, yes, that Maddalena is better than any conceivable anti-whoredom PSA!

    1. Hannah

      If only Bristol Palin had, you know, left Alaska and done some travelling around Italy… 😛

      1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

        HAHA! True dat.