Cutting edge old master art

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I posted about Cellini’s Perseus here a couple of days ago. Ms. Medusa should never have messed with Mr. Perseus if she wanted to keep her gorgeous head attached to her beautiful body.

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Spending the better part of a day yesterday admiring the fabulous collection at the Uffizi Gallery, I couldn’t help but notice how often heads seemed to be rolling.  Or prepared to be rolling.  Could no one find a better way to solve a problem than beheading?  With a sharp edge?

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Poor adolescent Isaac in this painting.  His dad, Abraham, was willing to cut off his head to please his god. If you know the story, you know that at the lost possible moment an angel showed up and talked Abraham back from the ledge.

Yikes! Stay away from cutting edges if you inhabit the historical world.  It is a very dangerous place!

And don’t even get me started on David and Goliath! I’ll be at the Bargello in coming days and I promise I’ll be discussing that theme and Donatello after that.

Prepare yourselves.

This might get bloody.

Ha ha.  Never.

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