Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Dying Slave


Brian Dunbar said...

For some reason when I first glanced I thought 'Venus'!

Then ... why that's a funny sea shell.

Then I looked at the title of the post.

Then between the legs.

Ew. Ew. Ewwwwww.

Not that I have anything against penisi. Just when you're not expecting one, it's a bit startling.

Holly said...

For some reason this sculpture has always bothered me. I think it's something about the highly sexual character of the image. I don't think sexual imagery of slaves is particularly challenging (more like stereotypical?) but that here it's a *dying* slave that's oh-so-much-eye-candy.


Brian - surprise penis is, truly, worse than the Spanish Inquisition.

clairev said...

i didn't post this...but i love the sculpture despite its incredibly misleading title. that slave does not like it is either a) a slave b) dying, does it? no, it looks like a man who is enjoying some time in the sun or something. penises in sculpture are just part of art and i find them much better than their ridiculous leafy counterparts. we know what they look like, let's get over it.


Rufus said...

Okay, I posted it using Claire's computer- Ha! Another surprise male!

Anyway, I also like the sculpture because it's troubling. It's remarkably homoerotic, and yet it is intended to be exactly what it says it is. I like the way that eroticism bubbles up in so much art from times in which it was less accepted or expected.

At some point, I need to post some pictures of Saint Sebastian, which generally fall into the category of S&M porn, in my opinion.

Holly said...

Claire - you can tell he's dying, because he's got his arm thrown up over his head in that way.

Rufus, you males with your surprise penises! On the internet, no one can tell...

clairev said...

late comment:

holly: or...his arm could be up cause he's striking a v. gay pose. that's my interpretation. dying people don't lift their shirts to show gorgeous midriffs off in that way. nooo...they sort of lie limply on the ground. no pun intended.

Rufus said...

It's ambiguous I'd say- that's the brilliance there and the reason it's probably impossible to write laws or rules about art.

Holly said...

I think my indoctrination is showing... it's taught as a fact of art history that in classical Roman and Greek art, dying is indicated with this gesture.

Presumably so the gods and goddesses can see your fantastic 6 pack and consider saving you.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.