First, a bit of housekeeping: I’ll only have sporadic internet access for the next several weeks. For all ten of my loyal readers, there will still be some nuggets of art snarkiness, but overall updates and general blogosphere activeness will be down. Also, just to put it out there, you guys are awesome and thanks for reading!
Ok. Back to our regularly scheduled “Fun and Awkwardness with the Medici Cycle.” Last time she got married to her dream king by proxy of her uncle. I guess it’s finally time that little Marie finally meet this new husband of hers!
Well, not quite yet. She arrives in Marseilles, but it’s France that runs up to greet her in his (its?) fabulous blue cape. Everyone is super excited to finally have her in the same country as her purported spouse.
Well, except for the man who is grabbing her arm as if to beg, “Please! Don’t go!” Maybe he’s an ex-lover. Or maybe he’s just a supporter trying to save her from entering this barbarian land.
One of the happier attendees is this angel, who is so excited that just one horn is not enough to express his emotions.
Either that, or the other angel that was signed up for Welcome Duty called in sick.
Back to people who don’t look all that thrilled to be there, there’s this guy.
He looks like an angry pirate about to punch someone. Although he might just be struggling in a tug-of-war with one of the sea monsters present.
So first off, there’s the old man of the sea, together with a boy who looks like he’s about to have an apoplexy while playing a rousing ditty on the conch shell. They are accompanied by a couple of rampaging sea stallions, which are doubtless causing problems for a boat that is trying to dock smoothly.
Besides these guys, there are also a few plump, sexy naked ladies helping out and GOOD GOD LOOK AT THOSE TENTACLES.
I’ve heard that women’s thighs can have crushing properties, but she could literally wrap her “legs” around you and wring the final, whimpering breaths from your body.
Theoretically this cast of sea monsters is attempting to “procure her safe arrival” and “help escort the queen to her new home,” but the painting suggests otherwise.
The captain knows that when your entry to port is greeted by nude Man-Kraken splashing around your boat, it is time to bring out the cannons.