13 thoughts on “Crusie’s Guide to Art

  1. As I said before, my last art class was in 8th grade, but whatever his merits as an Artist, Burne-Jones fails miserably as an illustrator. If you look it up, Merlin has been magically entrapped in a hawthorn bush and Nimue is supposed to be reading from a book of spells to captivate him. Thus a relatively good man, relativity bad woman, and a bad book. Would any viewer get that out of the painting?

    1. To be fair, though, if that guy looked at me like that, I would also trap him in a hawthorn bush if that’s what I had to do to get away…

    2. Patrick, you have to think this through.

      Merlin is a myth. Who wrote the myth?
      Some guy (actually Malory did that version).

      What we have here is a woman alone in the woods with a man who can cast spells and has the power of the king on his side to get away with anything he wants. Of course she’s turned away from him while he glares at her, and she tries to keep him from moving toward her. Any woman would. And then some revisionist patriarchal myth writer comes along and says, “Merlin isn’t the bad guy here, kill the witch.” Trust me, we’ve been here before.

      I’m with Nimue. I choose the bear.

  2. Yep, I’m trapping that guy in a hawthorn tree, no second thoughts required.

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