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"Apostles of Meat," Dario Ortiz, Colombia (b. 1968)
(link)


In Spanish, the title is "Apostilicos de Carne," which could also mean "Apostles of flesh," or "Apostles of the flesh." "Meat" sounds more stark, or like a commodity to be consumed; "carne" has more implication of the sensual and immediate physical reality of flesh. The artist says, "In Antwerp the nicname for Rubens was "The apostle of the flesh". My painting is a personal homage to this great master."

Rubens also masterfully and sympathetically painted aging flesh.

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Detail from Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, c. 1675, Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639–1709)


Two more, SFW )

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"Portrait of a Fat Man," by Master of Flémalle (probably Robert Campin, c. 1375-1444)
Click to enlarge.


The sitter probably was Robert de Masmines, a distinguished Burgundian soldier, identifiable on the basis of a drawing now in Arras. The daring white background is calculated to heighten every aspect of the sitter's jowly, stubbly physiognomy, his ducal ties indicated by the court's characteristic short haircut and fur-trimmed robes. (Web Gallery of Art)

Campin was a very early Dutch Northern Renaissance painter whose crisp, almost hyper-realism evokes manuscript illumination. It's interesting that the man being painted was a soldier. We have this somewhat stereotyped view of the military bearing as buff and youthful, but like the mid-seventeenth century Alessandro del Borro, the paintings provide another side to the story.
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“Bacchus,” by Jan van Dalen (c. 1620-c. 1653, Flemish) 1648 (link)
(click to enlarge)

Two more, both SFW )

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Who would have thought that Isaac M. Singer, the inventor of the Singer sewing machine, was such a handsome man?




by Edward Harrison May (1824-1887), Oil on canvas, 1869 (link)




men_in_full: (wm howard taft)
I like George Caleb Bingham's 1854 painting "Stump Speaking" (full-size; *very* large) because it shows a wide range of men, both physically and in their stations in life. The crowd has gathered to listen to a local political candidate's speech. The term arose because the speakers would elevate themselves on a sawed-off tree stump so that the onlookers could see and hear them better. Below are some details of men from the crowd (click to enlarge.) The colors are a little different in the full versus smaller segments, because I shot the details myself directly from the painting in the St. Louis Art Museum.












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Here is a nice painting entitled "A man of the Christiania Royal Guard of Citizens" (scroll down to the second image & click to enlarge.) Sorry I have to point you to it; the photographer doesn't want it copied. From the information about the painting, according to Norwegian historian Trond Norén Isaksen:
The Christiania Royal Guard of Citizens ... was founded in 1788 on the occasion of the future King Frederik VI’s visit to Norway. This cavalry guard was made up of some of the wealthiest citizens of Christiania. They had to pay for their own uniforms and horses and came to be known as “the Yellow Choir” because of the colour of their hussar uniforms ... All of them ranked as officers and were therefore exempt from ordinary patrolling duty. (link)
men_in_full: (de vos silenus)
Here's one last painting for your perusal by David Addison Small, of some angelic musicians. It makes me intensely happy to look at it.

The angelic trio, NSFW )


men_in_full: (nacken)
Earlier I wrote about David Addison Small's paintings of fat angels. Small was kind enough to send along a few high-resolution images of two of his newer works, shown below the cut. (Click for larger versions.) He also has a book of some of his artwork coming out soon; I'm looking forward to seeing it.


Two of generously-padded angel paintings, NSFW )

men_in_full: (opera goers)
One of the most compelling science fiction characters is found in Frank Herbert's 1962 novel Dune. The desert planet Dune has the singular feature of being the only world in the known galaxy where one can find the valuable commodity "spice," which permits interstellar travel at greater-than-light speeds. An entire galactic empire has grown up around the spice trade, with planets ruled by dynasties called "houses." Without spice, the entire pyramid of power would collapse. There's a long involved messiah plot, but for our purposes all you need to know is that the House of Atreides ("good guys") and House Harkonnen ("bad guys") are mortal rivals.

The bull-goose bad guy of House Harkonnen is the Baron, Vladimir Harkonnen. In the original novel he's a quintessential '60s-vintage villain: no tormented childhood like Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter series; no nuanced or redeeming qualities whatever. Herbert also made him both homosexual (or perhaps bisexual, depending on how you interpret the story) and hugely fat. Both qualities were, I believe, picked by the original author to make him more of a "monster."

As it often happens, subsequent versions often re-imagine, re-vamp, and re-vision a sharply-drawn character. Keven MacMillan in David Lynch's 1984 version played the Baron as a pustulent raving lunatic.

The Baron Harkonnen, with a few NSFW )

men_in_full: (jeun silenus)
Earlier, in a post called "Fat Men in Eden," I made some remarks about the works of painter Matthew McConville. Now he's done some new paintings, shown below the cut.


Six more by Matthew McConville, NSFW )

men_in_full: (nacken)
In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis writes of "men without chests," meaning those who have no character, no foundation, no connection to the earth or history. The chest (or the belly, hara if you are Japanese) is seen as the source of "heart," of good feelings and positive energy in the body. And while appearance is of course no indication of character, there is something intrinsically pleasing, to me at least, in a big, broad man's chest. To me it suggests warmth, comfort, safety and protection. Hairy or smooth doesn't matter to me; it's where you lay your head and hear the huge slow lub-dub of that hopefully magnanimous heart.

Five, shirtless, probably NSFW if your office is prudish. )

men_in_full: (virtruvian man)


I've never taken a life-drawing class, but it would be pure pleasure to walk into the studio and see any one of these men below the cut as models. With a fat man as model, the artists have to take into account the three-dimensional weight and mass of his body. Also, since it's so unusual to see fat men unclothed (as in media, outside of slapstick comedy like the Jackass movies, for instance), the artists are compelled to draw what they see, not some idealized male form.


Six by three different artists, NSFW )

men_in_full: (loo silenus)
Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896) was a Spanish artist who studied in Paris, but did most of his work in London. Below the cut is a detail of a chunky, middle-aged Faust, from his 1878 "Vision of Faust." It illustrates Faust's ride with the witches (courtesy of Mephistopheles) on Walpurgisnacht. Falero overwhelmingly painted pin-up type women; male figures are a bit rarer.

Vision of Faust detail, NSFW )

men_in_full: (virtruvian man)


"Augustus the Strong" circa 1715
by Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746)


From the painting's notes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum:
Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670-1733) was known for his physical strength and procreative abilities - he was rumored to have fathered 365 illegitimate children. [One for each day of the year! -MIF] He was also a man of extravagant and luxurious tastes who founded the celebrated Zwinger Museum in Dresden and the Meissen porcelain manufactory. Here, Largillière successfully integrates Augustus's sensuality - through color and enlivened, nimble brushwork - with his reputed strength, conveyed by a confident, military bearing.
men_in_full: (swimmer)
I'm not sure where this came from - if anyone recognizes the artist, let me know so I can give credit where due.

Man of the Forest, NSFW )


He seems so serene, out there in the woods. To me, paintings like this make nature seem softer and more inviting than it really is (at least in Missouri, especially in the summer, where every creeping, stinging, itching, and biting thing seems to want to attach itself to your skin.) The image wakens not only the erotic fantasy of a beautiful man's body, but the fond illusion that we can somehow crawl into nature as easily as we do our bed, to merge with its delights instead of suffering its uncomfortable assaults.

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Here's another one of those Baroque "damned soul" paintings, this one by Flemish artist Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638), whose date and title are unknown to me:

Fall of Ixion, NSFW )

men_in_full: (loo silenus)
In Peter Paul Rubens' 1620 painting "Fall of the Damned," there are some interesting fat male figures just a little south and west of the center of the painting (shown below the cut.)

Some fat Rubens men, unfortunately damned and probably NSFW... )
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"An epicure of the tavern, fat, ruddy, jovial ..." (link)


That was how one critic characterized the subject of Édouard Manet's 1872 "Le Bon Bock." "The Good Beer" (in English) portrayed Manet's friend, the lithographer Émile Bellot, who frequented the cafes and beer halls from where Manet drew so many of his "snapshots" of Paris night- and street-life.

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Some angels donated some paid LJ time for [livejournal.com profile] men_in_full. Now there will be no ads anywhere. I don't know if you were the red-winged angels like the ones from David Addison Small's wonderfully corporeal angelic artwork (like in the painting above), but thank you anyway. It was completely unexpected and I am very grateful.

Now I can upload a lot more big-guy icons. And polls! And voice posts! I feel the love; I hope you feel my appreciation back.

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