You Wanna What My Moth? (Warning: Art Heavy Post)

A photoshopped version of a painting from a museum in Firenze. The original was painted by Agnolo di Cosimo (a.k.a. Bronzino (1503-1572)).

I wanna fuck your moth

I wanna f**k your moth / Self-portrait as chubby moth molester and bird trainer. (Original painting: Agnolo Bronzino, Doppio ritratto del Nano Morgante (fronte))

Can you handle an art heavy post? Then keep on reading.

“I wanna fuck your moth.”
“What? You mean oral? Like mouth?”
“No”

Agnolo Bronzino, Doppio ritratto del Nano Morgante (fronte)

That’s the artist’s name & the title of the original painiting that can be seen in Firenze, Italia (Florence, Italy). Of course, when a good photoshop opportunity presents itself, I can’t miss out on it. When I started writing this post, the plan was to share the photoshopped image and that’s it. Then, this morning I saw this beautiful animated short clip – Destino –  a creative collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney and decided that I had to share that too, but, since I didn’t know the name of the original artwork of my photoshopped image, I started researching it and in the process found out that Doppio ritratto del Nano Morgante (or, if you prefer my version: “I wanna fuck your moth”) has an interesting story behind it.

Here’s the original painting, courtesy of Wikipedia and a small part of the story, written by Rossella Lorenzi for Seeker.com (check out the link section for more).

Agnolo Bronzino – scan from: Luciano Artusi, Tante le acque che scorrevano a Firenze, itinarario tra i giochi d’acqua delle decorative fontane fiorentine, Sempre, Firenze 2005. (Wikipedia)

«The naked image of a dwarf who starred at the Medici court in the Florentine Renaissance, has been revealed after nearly three centuries of oblivion, Italian art experts announced last week at a press conference in Florence.

Known as the Portrait of Dwarf Morgante, the painting, a two-sided canvas which portrays a court jester, was made before 1553 by mannerist painter Agnolo di Cosimo, better known as Bronzino (1503-1572).

Long considered to be obscene, the full frontal view of the naked dwarf was painted over in the 18th century.

Placed on a pedestal at the center of the room, the painting offers a frontal view of Morgante, posing with a hunting owl while large moths flutter around his private parts.

Ironically named after the giant Morgante Maggiore in the 15th-century epic poem by Luigi Pulci, the dwarf is recorded to have arrived at the court of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-74), Grand-Duke of Tuscany, around 1540.

Indeed, historic accounts reveal that in 1555 the Grand Duke granted Braccio di Bartolo (this was the real name of the individual affected by achondroplasia dwarfism) an honor, calling him “our beloved dwarf.”

The second half of the sixteenth century seems to have been a particularly populated time for dwarves at the Medici court.[…] Called “nani,” the dwarfs entertained and amused, being the subject of fascination, laughter and ridicule.

Morgante’s case was no exception. Records testify that he was often mortified, and even had to fight, naked, with a monkey.» – Rossella Lorenzi, Seeker.com

You can read the full story over at Seeker.com. If you’re interested in art and/or dwarfes, it’s very fascinating. If you’re interested in both, I guess this is your lucky day!

Anyway, I mentioned “Destino” in the beginning of this post. The work on it started in 1945, but it wasn’t released until 2003. Then 14 years later (that would be today) I discovered it. I guess I’m not exactly a trend-setter, but trend-setters arent concerned with intellectual things like art anyway, so it doesn’t matter.

Here’s the film clip on YouTube – hopefully it’s available in your region and doesn’t get deleted from YouTube later on (two big reasons NOT to link to any YouTube material right there)  and some info from our dear friends in Wikipedia (have you considered donating a small amount to Wikipedia? Check the link section):

«Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz. It was included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2003.»

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