Yeah, no kidding! Also, you should put it all online!
Turner is the greatest British artist- no question about it- and here's part of his work that has been suppressed for over 150 years.
It's as if they were holding back one of Shakespeare's plays because it was too racy.
That's insane! Why are they not releasing it to the public? How racy could it really be? I want to see, I want to see!
I went to the Tate website and they have vast amounts of Turner available to view. Maybe the "pudenda" are buried in amongst all the views of the Rhine and the Lake District. If I were more intrepid I would be able to answer this question, but I'm afraid my courage failed me....
This needs to be corrected. The pudenda have a rightful place among the other wonders of the world!
They should mount a special exhibition. I can see the posters now- plastered up all over London:
Heh heh, he said "pudenda".
[gigglesnort] I know, right!
I think we should make a pact to use the word 'pudenda' at least once a day. Yiss?
You're totally on! I think my mother is home, too, I am going to go show her the cool word everyone is using these days in my generation! [Giggles] She'll die!
I want to see it too! I've never even heard of this artist :(
Give him a Google. He was a great landscape painter (when he wasn't sketching pudenda.) He particularly favoured sunsets and storms at sea.
I definitely will! Lol, I'd never heard that term before (pudenda) :-X
It means something like "parts of shame". It's as close as an uptight Victorian bachelor could come to the naming of parts.
There's a story- probably true- that Ruskin's marriage remained unconsummated because he was traumatized to discover- on his wedding night- that his wife had pubic hair.
Yeah, I had to look it up. I asked my father, and he told me too. He thought it was more like the exterior of the genitals.
Lol, how frightening! ;)
He'd grown up looking at marble statues, see- and thinking they were accurate renditions of the female form.
2004-12-31 05:19 am (UTC)
I believe also he fell in love with a ten year old and was most distressed to discover his wife had a mind of her own.
That's entirely right. His wife eventually ran off with the pre-Raphaelite painter J.E. Millais.
Hee hee, you said pudenda too! Okay I'm going to stop now I swear
He was a weird, prissy, ridiculous man. Also a genius- a visionary. One could write a play, a TV play perhaps- about good Ruskin and bad Ruskin fighting it out over Turner's porn stash.
What about you?
It's a thought. But you've got to really love or hate an historical character to write about them. I find Ruskin interesting, but he doesn't drive me crazy .