11 April 2011

Hold My Calls

5 comments:

  1. Why do people in 16th-17th century woodcuts and engravings always look like villains and rogues. I'm assuming that this pair are actually perfectly respectable patients.

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  2. No one looks good under that sort of treatment. I would like to imagine that as soon as it was done, they went right back to dancing in their Pointy Boots. Ole'!

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  3. Interesting observation. The ones that don't really stand out. Disease burden, and maybe people were in general uglier back then (see also this).

    Among other things, I think the guy on the left has scrofula.

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  4. Have to disagree with Anonymous. A Vermeer portrait of a young woman being trepanned would merely look like Scarlett Johansson with a slight eye strain. The same girl in a woodcut, however, would resemble a deranged street hag willing to sell her body for a few dirty Gilders. But I do agree with his or her point about the rehabilitation potential of pointy boots

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  5. Fez, his pointy boot reference was to a video I linked to in a comment on another site.

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