Dante Gabriel Rossetti: My Lady Greensleeves

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My Lady Greensleeves by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  [Public domain], Source: Wikimedia

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  1. chris ludke says:

    That’s another beautiful painting! Sadly, the Pre Raphaelites are in danger of being cancel cultured too because of the “male gaze”. Especially the nymphs. (the nymph paintings are in danger) Or is it because modern artists never studied anatomy so they can’t draw the figure and they are offended. It’s not my imagination. Cancel culture is happening. It’s like censorship or Facism or something and the bosses in charge of the art world are going along with it. Thanks for letting me rant.

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    1. Rant away, Chris. I share your angst, and it is definitely not your imagination.

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    2. You are absolutely right and I am deeply shocked by this development! Our generation thought that the freedom of art was inviolable – far from it. Art has provoked and triggered discussions in all epochs, and that’s what it’s there for, among other things.

      Of course, there is also sometimes simply bad taste, but that too has always existed and that disappears from our perspective anyway – or it turns out to be an important contribution generations later.

      The next thing we do is burn books and in a way we have already started doing it (here in Europe too).

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      1. It really is shocking, isn’t it? I started collecting out of print children’s books before my children were born. Libraries were already purging classics. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Zettl.

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      2. Exactly! Children’s books – it’s amazing. Out of the libraries with those brutal Grimm Brothers ! It sure is their fault that our world is so brutal today 😦

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      3. chris ludke says:

        Gonna be weird when the kids who were protected from the Grimm stories figure out they can see porn easily enough. Huckleberry Finn will disappear too, probably.

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      4. Some of The Ducks stories have been censored and rewritten a number of times. At first I thought it was because the Ducks were walking around half-naked (that will certainly be corrected too). If you want to see something about it https://www.cbarks.dk/thecensorship.htm

        And there are scientific papers only on the subject of censorship at the Ducks.

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      5. chris ludke says:

        It almost sounds like a joke! People have done studies on it? Glad to hear that news! Thanks for the link!

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      6. chris ludke says:

        Geez, burning books? I’m concerned the nymphs won’t be seen again because the perverts in charge of the art world are triggered by them. hahaha the pedophiles. Seriously, though, I always knew the art world is narrow minded because my masterpieces so rarely are accepted in a juried show. Glad to hear your perspective on the subject even if it’s bad news because they don’t talk about it on the real news. No one really cares about cancel culture except artists that got canceled and some people that sympathize with artists, who can see the big picture and the slippery slope.

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      7. You say “No one really cares about cancel culture ….” We are already so brainwashed, but most of us even don’t notice it anymore. The next step is mind controll. There are perverts like Mark “Z” with their wet dreams of a meta-verse, where e.g. blockchain technology enables absolute control of everything – and generates incredible profits at the same time.

        To stick with art, as you know it anyway, NFT will decorate our virtual rooms and millions of euros are already being paid for these “works of art”. (tons of monkey pictures already exist). Then there is no more brushstroke, no Ophelia, no political incorrectness. The only hope is that the monkeys form a lobby one day to protest. 🙂

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      8. chris ludke says:

        You make some excellent points here! One inch at a time takes away art and freedom. Keep people distracted or scared and when they figure it out it will be too late! If I tried to warn them they would dismiss me as crazy. I hope NTFs die out because it makes no sense that people actually pay real money for them. But then you have to remember the money laundering possibilities of the art world.

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      9. Laundering money through art and antiques has become a very common thing. Gone are the days when you had to laboriously do this via laundries.

        After the collapse of the USSR it was the Russians, and in the last few years the Chinese who did a lot of laundry that way. But it’s still troublesome.

        But now, with NFT it can finally be done in a simpler form and, above all, you don’t have to understand anything about art and antiques to be able to participate.

        In case you don’t know: Art worth many billions are stashed in duty-free ports and simply change hands there. But I start to grumble …..

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      10. chris ludke says:

        Yes, it’s a huge racket. This is one reason I can’t be in the art world. It’s too crooked. I blame the people at the top. And the guys that are doing money laundering don’t pay taxes either and the rest of the people have to pick up the slack for the govt. programs. I’m not psychic but I predict there will be a backlash and that will end.

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  2. A lovely and informative article.

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  3. In this context I want to tell a nice story, it was about 30 years ago. I was in Venice and in the evening I met at the Lido with new friends. That day I bought a book about the Pre-Raphaelites. Enthusiastic as I was, I showed the book to a girl I just had met. She took it from my hand, turned the pages and pointed to the depicted woman. “This is my grandmother,” she said 🙂

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    1. *gasp*! lol Now THAT is a nice story. Thanks for sharing, Zettl. 🙂

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  4. Rowena says:

    I’m afraid I can’t add any exciting stories, but I was interested to read about what is going on with the cancel culture. After so much time in lockdown myself, I am starting to feel like I’ve been cancelled. I loved the idea of Grandma being in the book. I wonder if she changed as she got older or retained her free spirit?
    I really enjoyed the music.
    Best wishes,

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    1. I understand your response to lockdowns. If I had not lived through it, I would not have believed our world could change so quickly. And Grandma definitely needs to retain her free spirit! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rowena. 🙂

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  5. A beautiful and soulful portrait of “My Lady Greensleeves.”

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    1. Although some of the Pre-Raphaelites are not my favorites, I think this one is special. Soulful is just the right word. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene.

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  6. one of my best liked songs. great listening!

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    1. Welcome, Northern Elm! Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  7. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Have been reading Christina Rosetti’s verse recently. I was struck by how her perceptions and attitudes were influenced by having been immigrants from Italy. Must give this more thought- lovely portrait.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, penwithlit. 🙂


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