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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

New Art Travesty ~ Frodo as Bronzino's Unknown Man

Posted on 2006.04.16 at 22:25
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~ Detail of Frodo in Bronzino's "Portrait of an Unknown Man"


Just when I was supposed to be working on something else, I stumbled across a lovely portrait by a wonderful Italian portrait painter of the 16th century, Agnolo Bronzino. The pose, the lighting, the colours, the sheer expertise of the painting: I loved it all. I wondered at once how it would do as a Frodo manip....


The original "unknown man" looks very aristocratic, very fashionable -- and how he knows it. He looks quite full of himself, as you will see if you look at him in the Bronzino portrait. I think it is ironic that although his face lives on, his name has been forgotten. He is merely the "Unknown Man."

Imagining it as a Frodo art manip, I knew I wanted to alter the mood of the painting, so I would need a very different sort of Frodo face. I finally chose a screencap from the "parting smile" sequence, when Frodo is boarding the ship for the Grey Havens.


* * *


In spite of the Tudor-era suit of clothes, the resulting "painting" makes a very nice portrait of Mr. Baggins of Bag End. Or perhaps it is Iorhael that is portrayed, Prince of the Halflings. And those are Elvish togs he is wearing, presented by the Elrond to his guest of honour, the hero of the great War of the Ring.

In any case, the supercilious, off-putting dandy has disappeared. Instead, the portrait shows a young man whose open, almost inquiring expression invites the viewer in. Good humour seems to sparkle just behind those eyes, a witticism beginning to gather the corners of his mouth into a smile.



I think I'm in love.






~ Frodo as painted by Agnolo Bronzino, c. 1540:





This is just to show I can still do a manip in which Frodo is dressed.



~ Mechtild



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Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-04-17 06:25 (UTC) (Link)
Damn good job, it looks very realistic!






What a shame he's dressed ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
Well, maybe we could say we need to clean that miruvor off the front of the costume, spilled all down his front the night before the tale fire. Frodo is always so obliging, I am sure he would strip down then and there. (Bilbo and Gimli were keeping everyone in stitches taking turns telling Dwarvish and hobbit variants of The Peddler and the Farmer's Daughter.)
Illyria
illyria_novia at 2006-04-17 08:45 (UTC) (Link)
I like your nekkid Frodo art travesties, but this is also mondo fabulous! He does look so full of himself! You picked the RIGHT "face" for this. :) And those lovely fingers... *pervs* Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
Illyria
illyria_novia at 2006-04-17 08:52 (UTC) (Link)
You know, I don't think the Tudor outfit makes him look unhobbity. He looks like the Master of Bag End after the departure of Bilbo, comfortable enough to indulgence his own whims and confident enough to be outrageous on occasions.

And yes, I think I AM IN LOVE too. *swoons for your beautiful manip*

Mechtild, I do believe this is the most beautiful manip of our beautiful hobbit I've ever seen.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-04-17 09:08 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely manip! Austere and subdued and just right for the character and his facial expression. :-)


This is just to show I can still do a manip in which Frodo is dressed.

LOL!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
Maeglian!!!!!!!!!!

*leaps up and smooches you madly*

I am more thrilled than you can know to see your post.

While you are twiddling your fingers at the keyboard, I have made lots of pretty sets of Frodo screencaps and some new manips, (including some re-dos of old ones). I made tables of contents for them, too, linked in the left column of the LJ page.

*hugs you as much as you can stand*
Ariel
elasg at 2006-04-17 10:36 (UTC) (Link)
Goodness, you ARE getting better! What's the new program? I've used CorelDraw and been very pleased, but if there is better out there, please do share!

The manip is flawless but I'm not sure about the original composition. Those hands are more feminine than mine! LOL!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
I am guessing that Bronzino had a thing for hands that his society shared. Everyone wanted long slender elegant fingers. All his painting's subjects have them, male and female, whether the paintings are of real people or fictional or religious characters.

I jockey between two programs making the manips now, Ariel. The new program is Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 Editor. But for everything I post (screencap or manip), I also use ACD Photo Editor 3.1, which has some features that I can't find on the newer program. If they are there I don't know how to access them. So I save and open the images back and forth between them.
wendylady1
wendylady1 at 2006-04-17 12:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mech,
How wonderful...you are truly getting VERY good at this indeed !!!

The whole Tudor style of dress, in black, really suits him extremely well, and he does look quite the aristocratic Hobbit here...

As a complete by the way, I was also transfixed by the small detail down in the bottom left-hand corner of this painting...did anyone else notice the fantastic little face in the wood carving of the table ?!!



It's little details like this artist's include in some paintings, that make them fascinating...this reminds me of the faces in the mantelpiece that Tenniel drew when he illustrated the Looking-glass side of Alice's parlour...if you ever had the original version of "Alice through the Looking-glass" by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Tenniel, you would know immediately what I mean...( I can try and find them if you like...)
Anyway, this little face demands to be iconised, immediately !!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
Sharp eye, Wendy! Well, maybe it's a charicature of Bronzino? In Michelangelo's altar piece in the Sistine Chapel, one of the devils is holding up the peeled-off face skin of a man (Hannibal Lecter as the devil?); they say it's a self-portrait of Michelangelo. I believe other artists have snuck little self-portraits into their pictures, too. PJ and Alfred Hitchcock weren't the only artist who liked to do cameos, apparently.
golden_berry
golden_berry at 2006-04-17 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
After seeing this, I am more hungry than ever for Elijah to do a film set during the Renaissance or some other era of beautiful men's clothing.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Goldenberry, to see EW in costume again. If ever there was an actor wasted on the present, wearing modern-day dress, it is he.

* sigh *
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
Looking at this, I was thinking that may be another reason Elijah was such a perfect Frodo. He was young enough to be utterly beautiful and vulnerable, but he was able to protray that gravity and integrity in his face and bearing that let us see the nobility of Frodo's character too.

Oh, that is cool. And I think you are so right. If some other actor had played all the same objectives PJ and Walsh/Boyens had given EW for Frodo, the role would have turned out very differently, just because of that.
Mariole
mariole at 2006-04-17 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I've never seen Frodo dressed before! *is restrained by admiring group before she can begin tearing this slinky ensemble off* :-D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Rip, you leave that outfit alone. Arwen made that with her very own hands once she had finished Aragorn's banner. (I wish I could have been there for the fittings. I'll bet it took her forever to the she hose and breeches right.)
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-04-17 20:17 (UTC) (Link)
Ladies, ladies. :D

Down, girls!

We wants 'im!!

Iorhael, Prince of the Halflings. Draws a long, satisfied, dreamy sigh.

Oh, that black slashed silk and high collar do suit him so terribly well. Draws another long, satisfied, dreamy sigh.

I'm in love. In fact, I've never been out of it.

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-17 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
I do wish we could persuade EW to spend a day or two at a costumer's and let himself be kitted out in various suitable attires complete with hair, etc.

I sooooo want to see him as a tousled Octavian waking up in the arms of Marie Thérèse (the Marschallin) in Der Rosenkavalier. I could use any photographs as illustrations for Threshold.
Peachy
aussiepeach at 2006-04-18 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
Bunch of perves.

I like the way his finger is marking that book.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-18 01:02 (UTC) (Link)
What an eye your have, Peachy!

I don't know what it reminds you of, but now that you direct my attention there, I keep seeing the way his finger splits those pages as quite suggestive. As if Georgia O'Keefe had stopped painting exotic flower interiors to paint fingers delving down between pages of books placed up on end. That really is very sensuous looking to me, the way his finger has insinuated itself into that cleft. Nice how the edges of the pages are rosy-tinted, too.

Gawd. Now I'm perving on fingers in books. I always knew literature was sexy.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-04-18 10:06 (UTC) (Link)
Out of this world Mechtild – thank you.

You wrote:

I sooooo want to see him as a tousled Octavian waking up in the arms of Marie Thérèse (the Marschallin) in Der Rosenkavalier. I could use any photographs as illustrations for Threshold.

Pearl wrote:

Man, I'd love to be Rosamunda, cradling him in my arms. *fidgets*

Have you seen the film ‘Orlando’? There is a beautifully sensuous bedroom scene in it between Tilda Swinton and Billy Zane. Perhaps you could cap that scene and use something from it to illustrate ‘Threshold’

Here follows a few lines from one of the songs from the film that made me smile.


I am coming, I am coming!
I am coming through,
coming across the divide to you.
In this moment of unity,
feeling an ecstasy: to be here, to be now -- at last I am free!

-- "Coming" by Jimmy Somerville, Sally Potter, and David Motion

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-18 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, no, Este,I have not seen "Orlando," although I have heard good things of it. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention as "food for visual thought."

And Billy Zane! No kidding! I think that that is the name of the actor who is supposed to be the model for the pharoah in "Jah", the AU Egypt fantasy fanfic with EW cast as the hero, a concubine to the pharoah. I still haven't read it, but I think every character is supposed to be modelled after an actor, many of them from LotR.

But when I heard people talking about it in LJ, I remember thinking, "Who the heck is Billy Zane?"

So: If I watched Orlando, I might see some good illustrations for Threshold and finally see who Billy Zane it. Cool.
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2006-04-18 21:48 (UTC) (Link)
This is just to show I can still do a manip in which Frodo is dressed.
LOL.

He is gorgeous, though. Excellent choice of Frodo head for this drawing. I am amazed how well you adapted the texture of the screencap to this drawing.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-18 21:57 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent choice of Frodo head for this drawing. I am amazed how well you adapted the texture of the screencap to this drawing.

Thanks, Frodosweetstuff. This artist required a little work to get a better texture match. An artist like Bourguereau, whose detail is so fine-tuned and whose brushwork is so blended that his pictures sometimes look like colourized stills from silent movie epics, is much easier to fit a photographed face into.
ex_lbilover at 2006-04-18 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
I've been visiting to enjoy (and be awed by) your manips for a while, but this I think is my very favorite. It's absolutely flawless- such a perfect, seamless matching of photo and painting. He's an Unknown Man no longer. Thank you for sharing this and all your other works.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-18 23:50 (UTC) (Link)
Why, Ibilover, thank you so much! The result pleased me very much. Your remarks give even more pleasure.

Poor "unknown man," but he gave his image all for a good cause. :D
ellinestel
ellinestel at 2006-04-19 09:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh... He is so lovely! :)

And I want such a table! ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-19 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
Your cheesecake selection would grace it [such a table] nicely!
Trianne
trianne at 2006-04-19 09:24 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous! You choose your Frodo faces so well, and your touch with tone and colour is always perfect :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-04-19 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, Trianne, so much. It was a very suitable painting, I think. I had saved several at an art site for eras of Tudor portraits. Every other one of a young man made me squee. "Ooooh! Wouldn't he look great in that!" I must appeal to my closet costume designer.
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