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August 12, 2003

Pre-Raphaelite Award: Tuesday

The incomparable Drew Barrymore is today's Pre-Raphaelite Award™ winner.


Yesterday's Superman/Batman post took all my brain cells which meant I was remiss in explaining the twists and turns of this week's theme. The Flea has been dispensing various awards for years in a demonstration of the unsolicited opinions which make up my teaching philosophy. My Couple of the Day™, Bosom Buddies™ and coveted Fashion Meltdown™ awards have entertained me and befuddled others well before blogging formed an outlet for this pesky personality quirk. My Pre-Raphaelite Picture of the Day™ award generally went to the bookish and ethereal redheads who have an inordinate call on my attention.

The Pre-Raphaelites shared this fixation and, apparently, a Regency version of my escapist tendencies. A number of young men blamed the idealized vision of Raphael in general, and the formalism of the Royal Academy of 1848 in particular, for an unrealistic and elitist portrayal of the world.

"We begin by telling the youth of fifteen or sixteen that Nature is full of faults, and that he is to improve her; but that Raphael is perfection, and that the more he copies Raphael the better; that after much copying of Raphael, he is to try what he can do himself in a Raphaelesque, but yet original manner: that is to say, he is to try to do something very clever, all out of his own head, but yet this clever something is to be properly subjected to Raphaelesque rules, is to have a principal light occupying one seventh of its space, and a principal shadow occupying one third of the same; that no two people's heads in the picture are to be turned the same way, and that all the personages represented are to have ideal beauty of the highest order..."

Their answer was to form an elitist secret society dedicated to works striking in their lack of realism. Also, lots of guys in armour.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 12, 2003 11:47 AM


and women with prominent underbites?

Posted by: Rue at August 12, 2003 12:50 PM

I think PRB stuff (defined broadly) is faboo. I've had a chance to see the Real Thing at places like the Getty, the Tate Britain, and the Lady Lever, and it's even better in person.

Of course, I'm liking your tribute pics, too.

You forgot the other distinguishing element of the PRB -- sleeping with their models, particualrly those who becamse wives of their colleagues.

Posted by: *** Dave at August 12, 2003 01:34 PM

Spooky... Ray is a bookish and ethereal redhead.

Posted by: Rue at August 12, 2003 02:13 PM

I still have to Google "underbite" so I will have to ignore that last comment until I can come up with a witty rejoinder.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at August 12, 2003 02:19 PM

No I'm not.

Bookish and ethereal that is.

I'm still having trouble understanding "pre-Raphaelite." To quote John Cleese as the Pope fighting with Michaelangelo in a favourite Python skit: "I may not know a lot about art, but I know what I like."

Posted by: Ray at August 12, 2003 03:39 PM

Ewww. Ewww. Ewww.
If you saw her in her Charlie's Angels 2 (like I was forced to), you would see that she is, in fact, a pasty-faced butterball.

Posted by: Marduk at August 12, 2003 05:39 PM

"a pasty-faced butterball"
"a pasty-faced butterball"
"a pasty-faced butterball???????"
That comment is just plain rude.
Compared to what, Marduk? Stick-figures without tits?

Posted by: Rue at August 12, 2003 06:01 PM

I'm a bookish ethereal redhead.


Posted by: David Strain at August 12, 2003 06:02 PM

i love her

Posted by: rama tehrani at March 6, 2004 09:01 AM

amazing pic.
Sorry but how can you say she's a pasty-faced butterball?
She's everything a woman should be.
She is amazing, smart, beautiful, everything I look for in a girlfriend.
God, I'd have her anyday... Lol.
The actual picture is amazing, really captures the pure beauty, and a sense of innocence.

Posted by: Lucy at July 20, 2004 08:39 AM