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: Picasso’s Women from Five-Dimensional Space Prepare to Absorb The Artist’s Essence

There is something undeniably creepy and alien about the women portrayed in Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. He painted this in 1907, though it wasn’t shown publicly until nearly a decade later. When it was finally revealed, it was … Continue reading →