June 18, 2006

"The picture shifts the emphasis from Christ's warning to Mary's desire, and runs with that."

"The gorgeous flesh of the nearly naked Savior, and the Magdalene's luxuriant blond hair and silk robes, do more to invite caresses than ward them off. The saint herself is looking awfully hands-on, with fingers tightly clutched around her golden jar of ointment or reaching out to grasp at her beloved Lord, who in turn is busy fingering the fine cloth he's wrapped in."

The Washington Post is getting a lot
out of art today...

Ointment? Why not go all the way and call it lube?

But isn't this is a typical -- and, really, rather cornball -- way to try to get the public jazzed up about art? Oh, it's all so incredibly sexy! Why not wheel out Sister Wendy?

8 comments:

Ricardo said...

Some things are better left unsaid.

J said...

How on earth could an article about a show featuring Titian's work not mention the world's foremost expert on that work, E. Buzz Miller?

Ann Althouse said...

J: Thanks. I'd forgotten that. Here's a link.

Christy said...

I keep trying to watch a Sister Wendy disc from Netflix, but keep falling asleep before the episodes are over. Sigh, I'll never grow up to be cultured.

Charlie (Colorado) said...

Ointment? Why not go all the way and call it lube?

Um, because "ointment" is what it's called in Scripture? (See Mathhew 26:6 et seq.)

Charlie (Colorado) said...

Ointment? Why not go all the way and call it lube?

Um, because "ointment" is what it's called in Scripture? (See Mathhew 26:6 et seq.)

jeff said...

Get ready for the riots! ... oh wait, this is Christanity, not Islam.

Jim H said...

I've never heard of this Sister Wendy. Are her comments helpful?