men_in_full: (beardsley bacchus)
If you don't follow the FX channel's cracked-out series Nip/Tuck, the episode probably won't make a lot of sense, but even so, it is so worth watching. It will be up on in a week, and while I don't know how to make video clips, some of you worthy readers no doubt do. There's a 2-3 minute section in the middle which is worth excerpting. It made my night, and my husband even remarked, "It's a men-in-full extravaganza!"
men_in_full: (de vos bacchus pinch)
I have always liked the image of the Green Man - that European nature spirit who reflects the life of spring and midsummer vegetation. The UK sculpture from which these photos were made actually doesn't represent a big, round figure at all, but the photographer's angle of approach makes him look so. He appears to be made of burled wood and living plants. (Click for larger image.)

(By Tim Ellis, link)

Two more, SFW )

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Thanks to [ profile] epi_lj:

"Fat Land Reclining,"
by Israeli artist Itamar Jobani (b. 1980.)

From some gallery notes:
Adapting the technique of building topographic models to depict the human body, the very foundation of Jobani’s work speaks to the deep confluence between bodies of land and the bodies of men. Indeed in the Hebrew translation, the words for land (adama) and men (adam) are very similar...

The sculpture is from a series called "Wounded Topographies," although to me the image of a fat man conflated with the land doesn't seem so wounded. In fact, it calls to mind the wonderfully evocative phrase from Hebrew scripture, "the fat of the land." A fat man here in this artwork becomes the literal embodiment of the land's health and vitality.

men_in_full: (mueck statue)
I wasn't looking for him; instead, I was doing searches on Fernando Botero, the well-known painter of voluminous bodies. Then, on Flickr, someone tagged one of his sculptures as a Botero - and while it definitely wasn't a Botero, I was enthralled, and the chase was on.

Ramón Conde sculptures, NSFW )

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I'm trying to pull a lot of stuff together right now, so posting here might be a bit anemic for awhile. When fall comes, and with it the cooler weather, I try to spend as much time outside as possible. Also, I am also going to be out of town for a good part of October, which means I have to *get ready* to go out of town. I don't do that efficiently ... :D

I will try to keep up with posting, even if my posts aren't saturated with "thinky thoughts." In the meantime, here are some images of large men in traditional Indian iconography.

The Nawabi were high-ranking administrative officials in the Mughal Empire. This Nawab gazes out at the viewer with forthright assurance. (Click for full-sized image.)


Man and god in full in India, 5 more, one NSFW )

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The god of wine, revelry, and fertility known as Dionysus (Bacchus) wasn't usually described as fat in classical sources. Instead, he was often shown as a beautiful but effeminate man of unremarkable build, with long, flowing hair. Fat Bacchus was seen more in Renaissance and Baroque interpretations, although not as often as the predominant classical-bodied figure.

Some interesting variations, image-heavy )
men_in_full: (opera goers)
These fat figurines from Italy's Florence Studios have been making the rounds.

Florence Studio Fat Figures, NSFW )


Mar. 31st, 2007 09:54 pm
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According to Camille Paglia in Sexual Personae, the Greeks adopted the long, sleek lines of the ideal Egyptian form and made it their own. Thus the gods became "beautiful" in the modern, Western sense - economical of form, lightly muscled, well-defined.

But because Greek religion was an amalgam of older folk beliefs mixed with the more recent Olympian pantheon, they never quite lost the more "prehistoric" gods. The older gods and goddesses, instead of being children of Zeus, were children of the Earth herself. Such a one was Seilenos (in the Latin, Silenus): "Shaggyhaired Seilenos, who himself sprang up out of mother Gaia (Earth) unbegotten and self-delivered." (Nonnus, Dionysiaca 29.243)

Silenus )


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