Some say the reason why fine art went from capturing beauty to modern art that celebrates ugliness is because modern artists became frustrated from trying to compare their work to those of the ancient masters and lacked the passion and drive to work on their craft so they chose instead to rebel against art itself…
Or maybe the Russians made’em do it…?
Ya know, if they only smiled like that, kept their yap shut and their politics to themselves, and were even as half as lovely as Lady Mona, I wouldn’t mind WHAT their politics were.
But as soon as they show teeth, tongue, and tonsils………
Heh. So true.
Oh, and nice interlude Mr. Muir. Giving us some highbrow culture before our reward of the swimming hole…you will make Friday worthwhile, I have no doubt.
Of course, I prefer the more notable son of Florence–Machiavelli:
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”
Old Niccolò knew his shit, not only a fine political philosopher of the realpolitik ilk, but a pretty smart strategist. His Art of War makes a fine accompaniment to The Prince.
Machiavelli’s “Discourses on Livy” May be the best thing he wrote. He was big on a republic and an armed citizenry.
Which is surprising, considering the times he lived in (kings, royalty, …) and the conditions of the serfs et al.
DaVinci, you magnificent bastard, you’ll have them confused for a millennium. The women’s lamentations on why she smiles will only be a sly smirk of recognition by the mens. For only they know the glowing look of the “petite mort” in that moment.
Kiss the girls and make them cry
Took Leo a while to get that smile right, which looks to me like one of the contentment of a working man’s wife…possibly with a little afterglow.
The genius could and did imagine and envision almost everything. But even he could have never foretold what has happened to this sick minority (minority!) of God’s gentlest most fruitful creation.
(and that’s a dirty (heh) trick, Muir…to the master’s work and to our expectations for the activities of said creations here at the DD watering hole.)
@Spin, heh…great minds and all that, one minute apart! 🙂
Hmmm. I just see a kangaroo filling a bathtub full with brightly colored machine tools…
Oh wait – that’s a different style of art, eh?
Try a Goya painting – La Maja desnuda.
Hmmmm. Little bit Betty Page, little bit Betty Boop. Nice
Bing found some interesting variants of this painting. One as a morph of it with Anna Nicole Smith’s hair, Steven Tyler’s face and Rosie O’Donnel’s body mashed on top. Didn’t need to see that.
Brain bleach is a vitally important thing.
Or Dogs Playing Poker. Or Velvet Elvis on a Harley. That’s my kind of art.
Relax, lads, it’s just not “tonight” yet in Muir’s Texas.
“Smiled like Mona with a secret”
That smile is that of a woman who knows she is with child. Wondering if that babe in the womb will be the much wanted son and heir.
The deconstruction of the past to promote the “issues” of the trendy elites of the present constitute most of college curricula today.
And as seen here, it can be funny. Mainly because it is so intensely ludicrous.
Well played, Sir.
Ah! La Gioconda! The portrait is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo – hence the alternative title, La Gioconda. – source: Louvre.
The wife of a successful working stiff – the complete opposite of what women are supposed to be now in the view of the SJWHowlermonkeys, may they howl themselves into oblivion while no one notices! Screw those howling apes!!!
If we girls are not allowed to celebrate our lush womanhood, even unto our elder years, there is something wrong and it ain’t with us. Real women of the world!
Pamela and Delilah T.,
Would that all women shared your wisdom, grace, and timeless beauty.
Then, there is that vocal, sick minority of SJWHowlermonkeys (That term is so stolen. Thanks, Delilah!).
Fortunately, being the magnificent muses that you are, you provide frequent and invaluable reminders of what we cherish and love among the amazing women in our lives.
You have coined a new term for a new version of insanity that should go into the DSM.
Too Tall- I thank you Sir
I’ve always been attracted
to sparkles in the dark.
I’d search out, chase down
brilliants of clear clean magic,
pocket them away and smiled
like Mona with a secret.
New magic came my way
lit by a rapscallion grin and
dance in the air hands.
A quick wink and head-turner chuckle
brought down blushes with a look
which caused me to wake-dream
about things unspoken and made me feel
I was missing something.
I majored in art and then after switching my major, minored in art, with an emphasis on art history. I took a wonderful course on Renaissance art history, which focused on Florence. What a time and place! The book “Hannibal,” more than the movie, was a feast for me because it came out right around the time I was immersed in Italian Renaissance.
The SJWs can’t have ALL our icons. Maybe Leonardo was gay. Maybe La Gioconda was transgender. But in that time, they still recognized the beauty of the feminine AND the masculine.
(I mean, Michelangelo’s David, am I right?)
One of the other ladies who’s proud to live in the DBD ‘verse
“Mona Lisa” is an excellent example of sfumato painting. See? All that education didn’t go down the drain.
Modern Renaissance Studies degree? 😉
No, I switched my major to English with an emphasis on technical and business writing. I minored in art so all those art credits wouldn’t go to waste.
Planting faces for over 500 years.
Her source of amusement lies in the fact that she just took delivery of her new Frisky Ferret “personal assistant”.
There should have been a “thought-bubble” overhead saying “Vaffanculo, Leo. You’re not getting any of this!”
One of my favorite songs.
“To quote a favorite line from ‘Comet TV’ and their ads for the later, color ‘The Outer Limits’….. ‘Science Fiction Mumbo Jumbo’!
I was in the local grocery store last night and saw a young woman walking around with a T-shirt with large white block letters that proclaimed, NO ONE KNOWS I’M A LESBIAN. For the life of me I could not figure out what the purpose of wearing such a sign on your body in a public space was supposed to accomplish. In retrospect she did look a little bit like Mona Lisa.
“In retrospect she did look a little bit like Mona Lisa.”
(My apologies to Ms Lisa.)
The answer is simple
She wanted attention.
Women respond to attention. The type of attention defines the man. (the response defines …)
Strange, I wonder who she is trying to convince or hurt…
I would have been wearing a Tun Tavern shirt, or Chews Bubblegum and Kicks Ass, or a This Woman shoots and you do not want to find out how well, or my Naughty Christmas shirt.
But that’s just me.
I’d talk to you and not her.
And then if that was unproductive (it happens!) and she was interesting otherwise, maybe I’d say to her that I am a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. And ask her if she would help.
But that’s me, sometimes. Not being 20 anymore makes punning around so much easier.
And I would be wearing a t-shirt with a print of wildflowers on it, or something like that.
D. Dan is right, she wanted attention. But not so simple I think.
It is an acting out, to attract *your* attention to then attract *your* comment, to allow *their* screaming lunacy, to attract the attention of “notable” virtue signalers and publicity whores and media (redundant).
That’s pretty much their entire game plan in a nutshell, to make their nutjob minority raving and violent insanity seem mainstream and inevitable. The reality of Trump and the worldwide cascade Deplorables is irrelevant to them, as their tactics and very existence should be irrelevant to real reality…don’t be trolled. Look right through them but be aware of them (situational awareness in macro), and keep your tools at hand and your powder dry.
Oh. A good push mentally is so tempting that I do indulge. I wore a Hillary for Prison shirt to a jaycee reunion. Boy did i trigger a lot of people. I then told them more. But not this moment.
I am wearing a Hillary for Prison shirt now. Ialso have Trump is my President shirts in Red, Trump Pence 2016 shirts, Trump-Pence 2020 on order, and various of the Don’t tread on me, Come and take it, and many others that i will wear into town as well as everyday. Tools are at hand. calm is foremost. Situational awareness is always high. there is fun to be had.
One of my trucks was lent out to someone and was at Michael Svages home doing some work. I had my infowars com sticker on it and a Hillary for Prison sticker on it. The borrower usually doesn’t like to bring politics into work. the second day they went wild over the stickers. they asked him if he knows whose home they were at. Then they told him that the home owned by Michael Savage’s son, the sport drink guy. the truck borrower then said that he loved Michael Savage and listened to his show all of the time. The owner came over and liked it also.
This reminds me that Michael Savage was dining at a favorite restaurant in San Francisco when he was attacked by someone that shouted at him about supporting Trump. The attacker also slammed Savage’s poodle when it tried to defend Savage. A bystander also tried to help and was punched. Savage was slammed to the ground. The San Francisco Police did not arrest anyone. What a come down from Dirty harry.
In even worse news, Bill Leak, an Australian cartoonist passed away from a heart attack at the young age of 61. he had been a favorite cartoonist in Australia because he told the truth in cutting ways for decades. He has recently been hounded for his accurate commentary on Australia. I see stress as ending his life way too soon.
Correction: At MS son’s house (ignooooring others)
JTC, you are correct, I just didn’t state the rest of the story, as you did.
Were I to engage such a one, and the screaming ensued, my response would be akin to my ‘defense’ against TSA groping.
For the TSA, I feign acute tickleishness, and laugh my head off.
I would do the same for her, the louder she screamed, the louder I’d laugh.
We manage to insert messages never sent by artists and authors of our own time. (Dr. Asimov had a tale on that.) But no matter, the left is sure they can read the minds of people of not just another society, but another century, and see their own motivations at work.
It is said that there is a razor-thin line between genius and madness…that does not mean that every run-of-the-mill liberal loonie is almost one of the genii.
No, but every single one thinks that he or she is a flaming genius, as Sir Henry Merivale would say.
One of the most frequent refrains on “progressive” blogs like HuffPo is “We think we’re better than you because we are”. Smarter, better-looking, more “sophisticated”, more “fun”, etc.
By definition, such people are almost invariably sociopaths. They manipulate and hurt others because they believe it is their right, and privilege, to do so. Ad they genuinely believe that the world will be a better place once they have their boot on everybody else’s neck, forever.
Or at least better for them. They really don’t give a flying fuck about anybody they define as “inferior”- such are just there to be used for their purposes, and are not “real” people in their minds. (Which tends to explain the genocide and massacres that are the traditional hallmark of collectivism, whether named “communist” or “fascist” or whatever.)
For a nearly perfect example of such narcissism in action fictionally, check out Mary Ann Forrester (Michelle Forbes) or Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) on the TV series True Blood. (Amusingly, Northman isn’t nearly as much of an ass in the original Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.)
I use that line as a jump rope.
Off my meds and running lean, fast and true!
I have that rope.
As a veteran time traveler, I do not think it will cause any harm if I explain the weird smile to the rest of y’all.
Went back and talked with both artist and model.
The smile as shown was necessary; she had TERRIBLE teeth.
Thank you, Commodore Grimes. And I’m sure Cdr. Verrill made sure you put it clearly and succinctly. (Keep tight leash on him Sonya ;-))
Terrible teeth? Ditto, George Washington, and he hated those wooden choppers he was given. You will never see our first President smiling with his teeth showing.
Very perspicacious cartoon, and on another note
showing how badly the left is losing any sense of
Conservative talk show host, Michael Savage, 74 yrs.
old was attacked by a goon, and knocked to the
ground, said goon also kicked his dog, and punched a diner who tried to intervene.
I saw nothing on the lame stream media, but it is on
the ‘Druge report’.
If this had been reversed, say, Van Jones, or the like,
it would have been front page news.
Also, if some Savage fan should seek some ‘mainstream’
justice, you know what they will make out of that.
If we learned anything from the election and from the Big D, it is that it is ok to punch back. If someone was to say apprehend the culprit who beat on Michael and was to deposit him with the police after a ride on a bumpy country road after getting lost for a few hours this might curtail this type of attack. These are just bullies, treat them as you would any low life skin bag.
Turn their cheek and slap them again.
If I learned anything from world history, sooner or later, the serfs win. Then they morph into the overlords and are in time, replaced.
It also seems the more unreasonable and oppressive the so-called ruling class elites are, the more “incidents” happen. On both sides.
I think we are starting to see push back starting to occur in various places around the world which usually gets very deadly.
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