Thursday, November 7, 2013

Unexpected Renaissance Sense of Humor

Unexpected Renaissance Sense of Humor
Anonymous Flemish artist, Satirical Diptych, early 16th century, oil on panel. Université de Liège
Pannels read:
  1. Leave this panel closed, otherwise you’ll be angry with me.
  2. It’s not my fault because I warned you in advance!
  3. The more we want to warn you, the more you’ll want to jump out the window.
Giving a precise meaning is not easy. This type of art is extremely rare in the sixteenth century. You can find similar correspondents in some paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Quentin Massys, but they are only minor elements and not the main topic.