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16th Century Artistic, Possibly Pornographic, Excellence: Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment”, Outstandingly on Display on the Altar Wall of The Legendary Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican City in Rome, Italy

From The Telegraph of London: “Elena Lazzarini, a researcher from Pisa University, believes the enormous fresco is replete with homosexual imagery, including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and kisses and embraces between male figures. She has explored the theory in a new book, claiming that Michelangelo drew much of his knowledge of male anatomy from his frequent visits to gay brothels and ‘Turkish baths’ in 16th century Italy.”The virile male bodies are inspired by the physiology of labourers engaged in physical exertion, with taut muscles, strenuous exertion and pain etched into the expression on their faces. She said it was well documented that Michelangelo, who is believed by many historians to have been homosexual, frequented bathhouses and steam rooms tucked away in Rome’s maze of cobbled alleyways. “The bathhouses had many rooms where people could take hot and cold baths and massages. “And then there were other, secluded rooms, places of promiscuity and both male and female prostitution.” For a closer look at some of the gayest images from Michelangelo’s famous painting, and humorous investigation/analysis of Lazzarini’s sure-to-be-controversial claim, please read Excellent writer Brian Molyan‘s post on Gawker.

Porny Excellence, according to an upcoming book: The Last Judgment, which took Michelangelo four years to complete, covers the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican Image via ALAMY via The Telegraph of London via Gawker.com. .

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Excellent Shot!: Existential Photography @ Recontres d’Arles Festival

“The camera and the gun share a language – aim, shoot, load, fire,” writes Lucy Davies of London’s Telegraph newspaper, in her review of  Shoot! Existential Photography, ” an exhibition exploring their common ground. Curated by the photo historian Clément Chéroux, the show pivots on a now-defunct fairground diversion, the photographic shooting gallery, and traces its history from Lunar Park sideshow to the flurry of re-appropriations of the game by contemporary artists.” Shoot! Existential Photography is on view at the Atelier de Maintenance 19 as part of the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in Arles, France until September 19, 2010. 

On target existential Excellence: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Paris, Porte d'Orléans, juin 1929 ©Jazz Editions/Gamma/Eyedea

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Conversations On A Banquette: Faye Toogood

Faye Toogood is a designer based in London. After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Fine Art and the History of Art, she was snapped up at the tender age of twenty-two by the renowned founding editor of The World of Interiors magazine, Min Hogg. Working her way up from Stylist to Decoration Editor, Faye developed the quirky, offbeat and thoroughly English style that has since become her trademark. After eight years at the magazine, she left to set up her own Studio. Tucked away in a Georgian townhouse, opposite a river in North London the Studio is now the place where she and her small team base themselves. Formerly a regular contributor to Wallpaper*, Vogue, GQ Style, The Telegraph and Elle Decoration magazines, she is now currently working on interior projects and developing her own range of furniture.” Well, The EP was certainly intrigued by that description of Faye Toogood when we came across it while scrolling through her blog. Always ones to delve it bit deeper into the lives and work of those we find incredibly Outstanding and irresistibly Excellent, we decided to ask Ms. Toogood to allow us a personal peek inside her wondrous world of interiors. Let’s have a look…  To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)

Another Excellent conversation on a banquette. This time with the Outstanding London-based designer Faye Toogood. Image via Christopher Simon Sykes for Tatler magazine via Studio Toogood.

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