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I picked the picture above for two reasons. One of them is that I really like medieval art and the many creative ways it depicts the brutal, the disgusting, and the abnormal – for the last, Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorites.

You should really check him and his fantastic creations out. Take a look at this detail from one of his paintings, for example:

via http://www.franzdodel.ch/haiku/haiku_bild/bild_14/bosch%20fisch.htm

He actually made a painting titled “The Temptation of Saint Anthony”, BUT virtuoso that he is, he managed to include an overweight guy riding on a fish with a chick while holding some kind of lantern in his hand. Dude’s got a great hat, too. I mean, what’s not to love? The dadaists could have learned a lot from him. In fact, they probably did.

However, I am losing my train of thought, just like Bosch probably did when he was painting that picture.

The second reason why I picked this picture is that I have to write A LOT of papers during my break and I am seriously in pain being hot and sticky all day in front of my computer. But unfortunately, no artist will ever include me in a bronze relief with lovingly detailed spikes, distorted limbs, and faces crumpled in agony. I complain too much.

The solution is obviously to stop lamenting my dire plight on earth, and adopt a more positive outlook on things. It doesn’t matter that I won’t have a life for 2 months. I should look at my laborious efforts as the path to the sacred temples of knowledge.

 

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In case you’re wondering, the picture below is from the Vatican, best known for having the most functional mail system in Italy. Seriously, postcards mailed from the Vatican State will arrive like two days earlier than those mailed from Rome.

 

 

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