Monday, August 22, 2011


Painful Groins in Art

Click on a painful groin to see its context.

Previously: Bras in Art.

Lili Loofbourow writes about 17th-century ideas of reading and digestion, cognitive science, Chile, and femscularity. She blogs for Ms. Magazine and as Millicent over at Millicent and Carla Fran.

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Lili, I just can't believe how many of these groins you pulled!


@saythatscool it was a strain to find so many.


@parallel-lines: I don't mean to be crotchety, but these paintings taint my favorites.


@parallel-lines Her cup runneth over.

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@saythatscool Personally, I prefer wood cuts to paintings.


Bottom guy: CALL ME!


There's a straight line that runs from Bosh to Goya to Jake and Dinos Chapman.


@Mindpowered Don't underestimate the sheer fucked-upedness of Brueghel! Jesus, what was in the water in those days?


@melis: Fecal coliform?


That would explain Bosch.

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@Mindpowered Ergot in the bread


@Mindpowered Cholera?



I guess I should have linked. Speaking of painful groins, here's Goya's http://eeweems.com/goya/great_deeds.html

And here's Jake and Dinos Chapman's


As for Bosch and Brueghel, it wasn't the water, that's good old timey post-black death late medieval Christianity. An entire continent going through PTSD.

Also, it was the time of first wave syphillus.


Is the Garden of Earthly Delights image supposed to be linked to a bigger image? I can't click through to see the whole painting...


Ugh, Wikipedia was not able to provide me with a good pun on "You've been tricked/triptych", or any more elegant way to refer to you other than "an inorganic / non-metallic earthenware crockery of diminuitive stature best suited to dishes which must be heated to the extreme prior to serving."

Being back at work is destroying me.


@leon.saintjean Who you callin' inorganic?!?!?!?!?!

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@leon.saintjean Admiral Ackbar: IT'S A TRIPTYCH!

That's the best I could come up with. Not very good, though his likeness would be right at home in one of these freaky paintings. Minus the space uniform.


What is even going on with Hercules' equipment? Leprosy? Elephantitus? I've been staring and staring and I can't make it make sense to my brain.


@jenergy I'm pretty sure that's the lion's paw in front of his junk. Makes me think ol' Herc is a bit of a masochist.


@jenergy After a triple-take, that's a paw from the lion skin Hercules always wears when he's having his portrait painted.


the shell is really the most entertaining for me, from the outside it would seem like a good fit, but i keep imagining how the shell has to sprial.... and ouch!


@j-furr Also: potentially sharp edges.

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@j-furr Hopefully it's flaccid.


@Megan Patterson@facebook A Spike-ey joint?


This is possibly my favorite headline ever.


I feel like Bosch and Breugel are those two guys with stringy hair you'd end up sitting near in study hall who'd whisper and draw really inappropriate things to each other and you always sort of wanted to join in on the inappropriateness but thought maybe it'd be weird. Only Bosch and Breugel were talented, so everyone gets to see their inappropriate study hall drawings.

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Oh, Hieronymous Bosch. I love your sick mind.

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