Dear readers, this week my totally awesome friend over at The Calamity Cat directed me to the Ugly Renaissance Babies tumblr. And once again an afternoon was lost in the awesomeness that is bizarre and hilarious art. What follows here is a small random sampling from the site; I highly recommend checking it and its snappy commentary out.
|Francesco Bianchi, Arion Riding on a Dolphin|
|Ignacio Chacón, Lactation of Saint Pedro Nolasco|
In a totally not creepy scene, a woman breastfeeds a baby and an old man at the same time while standing on a pile of decapitated baby heads. More heads fly through the air as young and old are “nurtured.”
|Workshop of Guilo Romano, A Mermaid Feeding Her Young|
Along this theme, this is definitely not how I had envisioned Ariel and her six sisters growing up.
|Maerten van Heemkerck|
Starting a steroid regimen very young. He’ll go far in the Renaissance weightlifting circuit!
|Rembrandt, Abduction of Ganymede|
I always thought it was storks that brought children. This explains why they scream so much.
|Franceschini Baldassarre, Amore Venale|
The world’s first cartoon villains. I hope that they are emptying someone’s piggy bank after stealing candy from a baby. Also I see where Cruella de Vil got her penchant for long cigarette holders.
|British Library, Harley 4425, f. 140|
Is…is she forging a baby? Is that how it worked in the Renaissance period? Or maybe they actually had a robot infant army. In the corner there is a lifeless pile of forged robot baby shells, presumably waiting for replacement limbs and Sonic Shriek vocal implants.