Sunday, May 30, 2010


Detail of a fresco in the Church of San Siro Mairengo in Canton Ticino, Switzerland

Ass to ox: Do you smell Thai food?

Ox to ass: Yeah, what's the deal with that? I could totally go for some pad kee mao right now.

Friday, May 28, 2010


By Jaume Ferrer Bassa
Illumination on parchment, 17 x 11.3 cm
Biblioteca Marciana, Venice

Hey there Jaume Ferrer Bassa, honey, can we chat? You know, artist to artist.

A couple of things: why are people looking so pissed off in your nativity? The son of God, savior of all men is born--like shouldn't people be looking happier? Okay so maybe the ox is smirking a bit.....

And next, what's with baby AKA Old-Dude-in-Swaddling-Bondage Jesus? Did you have babies back in 1340?

Why is the manger pink?

And finally, how do the angels manage to recline in mid flight? The one on the right has his arms folded like he soooo bored with this holy night business.

Thanks much, xoxoxoxoxo, Matti

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi
By Michele di Michele Ciampanti
Tempera on wood, 54 x 39 cm
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg

How dare you say my Virgin mommy has a freakishly long midsection??? Lick my foot and I may forgive you, swine.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

San Giovenale Triptych

San Giovenale Triptych (center panel)
By Massacio
Tempera on panel, 108 x 153 cm
San Giovenale di Cascia di Reggello, church of San Pietro

ANGEL (RIGHT): Now, can you please tell me who exactly I'm praying to?

ANGEL (LEFT): I dunno--my halo is in my way too.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Madonna Lactans

Madonna Lactans
Detail of a fresco in Valle Verzasca, Switzerland

So if one boob is in the center of Mary's chest, then the other one is........going with logic here......detachable. Yeah, that's it. It's detachable, and Jesus is holding it in his left hand.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child
By Antonio Vaz
c. 1540
Oil on wood, 23.62 × 19.68 in
Alberto Sampaio Museum, Guimarães, Portugal

Alternate title, Madonna and Child, After Learning Not to Touch the Electric Fence.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Madonna Adoring the Child

Madonna Adoring the Child
From the workshop of Ghirlandaio
Around 1465
Oil on panel, 55 x 36.5 cm
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Agnews, London

Yeah, so Mary has some gigantic hands here, but then look at Jesus....damn! Was he painted by Botero?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Virgin and Child with Saints

Virgin and Child with Saints
By Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina
140 x 119 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid

Oh noes, not the jazz hands again!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
By an artist in the school of Raphael
Oil on panel, 92.5 x 63.5 cm
National Galleries of Scotland

Darling, do I have anything in my teeth?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Virgin Lactans

Virgin Lactans
Byzantine Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

Happy Mother's Day from Squishy J to all the beautiful moms out there (even those of you who have a breast growing from your bicep.....)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Virgin de la Leche with Christ Child and St. Bernard Clairvaux

Virgin de la Leche with Christ Child and St.
Bernard Clairvaux
By an unknown artist from Peru
Oil on canvas, 47" x 39"
Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Madonna and Child with Saints

Madonna and Child with Saints
By Giovanni Di Paolo
15th century
Tempera on panel

Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

We thank you for sending us your son, and we hate to mention silly details, but, well, he is a bit on the large side for a baby. This makes it rather difficult for us to hold him in this painting. Since we all praying so piously and we have such nice butt chins, could you kindly downsize him just a little bit?


xxxoooo, Mary and Saints

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Garland of Fruit with the Infants Christ and Saint John the Baptist

Garland of Fruit with the Infants Christ and Saint John the Baptist
By Frans Snyders
Oil on canvas

So what do we have here? A Squishy baby pile underneath a garland of fruit, make that the very suggestive garland of fruit......