Can we just talk about this ridiculous painting for a moment?
Bouguereau is pretty ridiculous to start with, what with his gigantic, hyper-rendered paintings (if you’ve ever stood in the presence of one, you know what I mean, they’re like portals to a softly-lit alternate Victorian dimension)
But this… this is just complete silliness. Bouguereau spent the majority of his life painting milky-skinned young ladies and then I guess one day he got fed up with that hetero nonsense and said FUCK IT.
BAM! HOMOEROTICA all over the place. I mean, this is the gayest fucking painting I’ve ever seen. Even that demon knows what’s up, he’s all “look how gay this shit is, Dante. Just look.”
Even Virgil - who all through ‘The Inferno’ is the staunch support whom Dante leans upon - looks like he’s about to vomit his Victorian sensibilities everywhere. Bougeureau, you fool, Virgil was an ancient Roman poet. If he had the technology, he’d be videotaping this. Clearly Bouguereau never read ‘The Aeneid’ which has some of the loveliest references to men in love you’re likely to find outside of a fanfiction forum. And all that aside, it’s like Virgil and Dante switched places. All through ‘The Inferno’ Dante is a crying, girly mess and Virgil is always patting him on the shoulder and saying “Hell sucks, dude,” not the other way around.
Disregarding everything I just said, Virgil’s offended little face here is Andromalius up down and sideways.
Let’s all look at this because it’s important.
the freaking COMMENTARY on this tho alkjfkdjfl hahahahahhahaha
And this is why we love Art History, folks. <3 ))
can we just talk about the demon’s sass for a bit
what is that face