Sunday, March 11, 2012

Police still seeking painting's title

Gorbachev Sings Tractors: Turnip! Buttocks!


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Photo to come was a visionary painting, S.C.

Substance McGravitas said...

Italian police have funny outfits.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

nice Bloom County reference, though.

Another Kiwi said...

That man, with the sunflower hat looks a bit shifty.

wiley said...

Interesting painting. He looks bored to me--- like he's pointing to the sunflower as if to say, "This? Really? You've got to be shitting me."

Smut Clyde said...

Early days in the development of the water-squirty joke flower, wiley. The next frame in the sequence apparently shows it in use, and the sitter's nice moustache is all wet & droopy -- but the police haven't recovered that painting yet.
Artists can be real dicks.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Stolen Art has always had a rough life. I am glad he found his four decades.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Breaking news:

Read the opening sentence. Mark Steyn is in Australia.

Keep him.

Smut Clyde said...

Steyn? Australia? But he's a mendacious racist loudmouth -- he'll fit right SHUT UP SMUT

Another Kiwi said...

Ha ha Steyn says forgive him if he's a bit out of touch, he's in Aussie. What about the other gazillions of gallons of santorum he has written when he was in North America?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Ha ha Steyn says forgive him if he's a bit out of touch, he's in Aussie.

Forgive him if he's a bit out of touch, he's an idiot.

When he's in touch, he's a wanker.

vacuumslayer said...

"No one's around--I can shag this flower and never be found out!"

vacuumslayer said...

Mark Steyn is quickly becoming the favorite target of my hatred. He is just repulsive.

Rachel said...

It's Anthony Van Dyck, Court Painter to King Charles I of England,
"Self-Portrait with Sunflower"

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Self-portrait with a Sunflower
58.4 x 73 cm
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When Sir Anthony Van Dyck painted this confident self-portrait he was the court artist to King Charles I.

In 1633 Charles gave him a gold chain and a medal to honour Van Dyck's role as His Majesty's 'Principal Painter'. To ensure we don't miss the significance of the fabulous gold chain, Van Dyck lifts it towards the viewer. He also draws our attention towards the sunflower by pointing to it.

The sunflower was often used to symbolise the relationship between the king and his subject - just as the flowerhead turns towards the sun for life and light so the subject should turn to the monarch.

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thanks i found the painting intresting and it helped me

Samantha From Nuneaton
hi, i think this picture is very interesting from a 12 year olds point of view anyway, as we are studing this in history, thank you!

Janice, Stockholm
Very, Interesting painting with a interesting background history.

bethany mcgill
i like this picher its in teresting to look at and it has really good feacures

chelsey from prestatyn
i like the shiney red jacket and the way the light hits it.

Danny Bracken from salford in manchester UK
it looks as if he is caressing the flowert and treating it as an equal to a girl

Nathan Aston, Manchester
This picture looks very expensive, the way the artist has capured the shimmer on Van Dyck's clothes is amazing.

alun jones stockport
great site , would like to use it as part of teaching in Autumn Term. How long is it going to be on line?? Thanks alun

Beatrice (USA)
Hello: the explanation you provide, that Van Dyck is representing his loyalty to the king, has in fact been found to be doubtful or possibly incorrect (in recent Van Dyck scholarship). By pointing to the golden sunflower, Van Dyck underscores his artistic talent -- the art of mimicry-- which not only enabled him to represent Nature (the "golden" flower) but also the glittering artifice of his gold chain. Art-artifice-nature-and gold...all are at his fingertip!

Jim -- San Francisco
Hello: For many years, the location of the original of this painting was in doubt and I am not sure the Duke of Westminster version has been fully vetted. Any insight on this great painting?

Derek Kingsland from Bounds Green N London
I found this interesting and helpful, thank you very much

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