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  1. This is thread were we can share pictures of things that don't exist, things from other worlds, imagination-gone-wild-stuff. Although, less animea, tovarishchi. Something like this:
  2. This may be a morbid way to start the thread off, but I found this not-quite-anatomically-correct statue of Death to be pretty haunting. It is on display at the Louvre: I won't veto the inclusion of postmodern art in this thread. Hell, if you can make me appreciate that genre, then more power to you.
  3. Memo Kosemen is a Turkish paleoartist, speczoo creative artist, and professional Weird Guy of Geigerian proportions, who is also known as nemo-ramjet online.. This thread is for appreciation of his mad, phallus-obsessed genius. First, we'll start with this excellent Facebook post:
  4. Hello, I've been referred here by Tied. I'm told there are some here who would be interested in some signatures. A few examples: Of course, any signatures (or other miscellaneous stuff, as I can actually make decent art) you all may ask for don't have to be in this format or size. The reason every single one of these is that specific shape is because the forum they are originally from has a very pissy policy that doesn't allow signatures to broach 100px (these sigs plus a line of text is about that number). I don't know if there's rules about how absurdly massive your signatures can be here (I looked, but I'm afraid I can't find any; though that is likely due to my own stupidity), but you can request different sizes or even shapes and themes as long as a mod doesn't tell you it's a Bad Idea™.
  5. Can't sleep, dinking around on teamspeak, looking for good artwork for the Citadel of the Triple Satan channel. According to Darren Oldridge in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction, there was a medieval school of thought that held that the dragon, the seven-headed beast and the two-horned beast of Revelation formed a sort of anti-trinity, being Satan, the Antichrist and the Evil Spirit respectively. The Antichrist would be born in an anti-nativity, in some traditions to a dissolute priest and nun (hmmmmm...), or perhaps to an evil spirit and a prostitute. The idea of a disembodied, evil spirit attempting to obtain a prostitute is pretty funny. Sadly, this anti-trinity appears to be a theological conception that was rarely, if ever, illustrated in art. Oh sure, there are woodcuts galore of sinners being fed into Hell, dragons with various numbers of heads with whores riding on them and all kinds of other really metal content, but no illustrations of the Dragon, the Seven-Headed Beast and the Two-Horned Beast. Which is just the sort of thing that the channel needs, obviously. So, instead I went with this: This being Eric Armusik's portrayal of Jesus' temptation in the desert by Satan. I just stumbled upon this via GIS, but this is a wonderful piece of art. As Oldridge's book notes, the artistic tradition of religious art is somewhat independent of the theological understanding of religion, and so they are sometimes slightly at odds. Armusik's painting, however, is a superb distillation of the story of the temptation of Christ. The feeling of loneliness and vulnerability that the story implies is well-conveyed here. The ravens are an interesting touch. Are they representations of the desolation of the desert? Evil spirits that accompany Satan? Or are they a nod to the implicit parallels between this story and the story of Elijah in the Book of Kings being fed by ravens? Perhaps the ravens are the angels that minister to Jesus (Mark 1:13) after the ordeal.
  6. This is the thread for when you saw a thing, thought it was original, and then saw another thing and then realized that the first thing you saw was not original. The second part of Allen Ginsberg's Howl contains the repeated exclamation "Moloch!" As we are all very educated and cultured here, I'm sure that nobody needs to be told that Moloch was a god of the Canaanites to whom they offered children by way of fire (or at least that's what the people who wrote the Old Testament said about the Canaanites; the archeological evidence is more equivocal). This was pretty evocative and Moloch showed up in a lot of later art; notable Paradise Lost, which is that one poem that says everything about Satan that people think is in the Bible but isn't. While Moloch has shown up in plenty of times and places as a symbol for various things, I had thought that Ginsberg's use of Moloch as metonymy for the impersonal, mechanistic indifference of modern society was original. It's not. I had read a defense of the second half of Ginsberg's poem as an inspired metaphor, and had briefly considered him maybe halfway decent as a result. Seeing that he basically stretched a few, brilliant seconds of Weimar-era film into several tiresome lines that offer no particular improvement over the original material has forced me to rereconsider. It's all from Metropolis. Even the singular exclamation of the deity's profane name comes from the film. Only, in the film they do it once because they knew if they did it over and over again it would seem forced and weird. Fritz Lang managed to create the same metaphor with one word in one and a half minutes as it took Ginsberg to do with I don't want to count how many words and twenty eight years later. Allen Ginsberg may have been just a filthy hippie after all.
  7. Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter of the later Renaissance Period. Much of his artwork (like a signficiant proportion of Renaissance Art) dealt with religious themes. However, his style was somewhat different from his contemporaries. This thread is for discussion of Bosch's art, and the subjects it covers.
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