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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Renoir’s The Festival of Slorg

Many art historians believe this to be the famous painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party (Le déjeuner des canotiers) by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painted in 1881. They are right on two counts: it was Renoir, and it was … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Grant Wood’s The Aliens Among Us

This iconic painting is well-known and much parodied, but few have ever divined the true nature of the horrific story behind the canvas. Most art historians agree that Woods used his sister and dentist as the models for this famous … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: René Magritte: Meditations on the Nether Beast From Dimension X

Many have taken this iconic painting by the Belgian surrealist to be a commentary on the treacherous nature of the image — it makes you believe one thing, while hiding the reality of the image beneath. The caption, “Ceci n’est … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Woman with Telekinetic Powers About to Destroy Sienna

Many people have described this as one of history’s most mysterious paintings. They have described the smile on this woman’s face as “enigmatic” and “curious” and highly erotic. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As you know, Florence, where … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Coordinates to Landing Zone XI

Famous Painting with SF Titles: Coordinates to Landing Zone XI No doubt this painting is known to you by the title given to it by humans, L’Ultima Cena (The Last Supper). Purportedly, this work depicts the final meal eaten by … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Famous Paintings with SF Titles: The Grondak Slayer

Up until recently, many believed this was Rembrandt’s masterpiece. According to most experts, it was likely painted by one of Rembrandt’s students, but it is a virtuoso work none-the-less. The thing that art historian have failed to pass along, however, … Continue reading →

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