Thursday, February 09, 2006

disproving intelligent design

Hans Holbein d. J. was known for his pioneering use of depth and dimensions, his mastery of shadow and light, his fantastic elegiac works during his residency in Basel, and his work as the portraitist at the court of King Henry VIII. He was a contemporary and aquaintence of Erasmus and Martin Luther and a acolyte of the Northern Renaissance. There is an exhaustive collection of his work at the Kunstmuseum Basel, where it takes pride of place as one of the founding collections.

Obviously, an important figure in art history. I was led through the museum with my own personal docent, a family friend with exhaustive knowledge of all things Basel art. With due sobriety and respect I examined each painting at length. Until I saw this one:

Hans Holbien d. J. (der Jünger) - Adam und Eva

I recognize that Western tradition suggests we're all descended from these people. But am I the only one that thinks they look just a bit too Brit Brit and K-Fed? Does this make Sean Preston Cain? Quick, does he bear the mark of the beast?


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