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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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“Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.” Grace Jones, on being asked to collaborate with Lady Gaga, UK Guardian

Gag reflex: 61-year-old Grace Jones performs at the Open'er festival in Gdynia, Poland. Image via Gawker via Splash.

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Presenting an inspiring comment from the indispensably Excellent public relations executive collaborating with Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, young art curator and son of Her Excellency Carine Roitfeld, editor of Paris Vogue, as given to the occasionally Excellent Vanity Fair. Informational What You Should Know About Art Curator and Dealer Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld dossier courtesy New York magazine. Tip via Gawker.


Quote image via Gawker via Vanity Fair. Screen shot by The Excellent People. 10:01 pm, November 10, 2009.

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