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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

New "Frodo Art Travesty" ~ Frodo as The Prisoner of Love

Posted on 2005.12.11 at 15:42
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Yes, STILL procrastinating, but having such fun:

I have made a NEW "Frodo Art Travesty" manip.

I think this one may be my favourite yet....

Here's a cropped, work-safe version of it:

The Prisoner of Love-cropped

Over in Frodo's Harem at K-D, we have been trying to match a "St. Frodo of Osgiliath" screencap (showing Frodo in thrall to the Ring: turbulent skies, head raised to heaven, eyes rolled up -- you know the sort of thing)to something parallel in classical art. What we came up with, primarily, have been a spate of paintings of St. Sebastian.

Some artists actually did try to show the saint suffering what would have been an agonizing death (ask Boromir), being shot to death with arrows. More used it as an opportunity to show their stuff painting a good-looking male, semi-nude, in a striking attitude. Such Sebastians are almost always comely, young and nicely-made. As a nod to the subject matter, they usually are pierced with a few artfully placed arrows. The saint usually gazes serenly heavenward, looking fetching.

An artist and manipper whom I know from K-D, Whiteling, posted an image St. Sebastian from the Italian Baroque that I thought absolutely swoon-inducing. Not only was it a wonderful example of Baroque painting, dramatically lit, with great textures and a stunning contraposto pose, the painter had done marvelous draperies around the loins, giving his Sebastian a decidedly endowed and *virile* look. Yes, this St. Sebastian made me go *thud*.

I thought, "Heavens! What a fantastic Frodo Art Travesty manip he would make!"

In fact, Whiteling already has gone ahead and made a great manip while I still was shilly-shallying.

Below is the original painting: Guido Reni's 'St. Sebastian', 1625:

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Here's a link to Whiteling's manip. She chose a rather spiritual face for Frodo and it is quite beautiful:


Her manipping technique, as usual, is superb.

Nevertheless, I still was burning to do my own manip, since I already had decided just which face I wanted to use, a different one from Whiteling's. Not only did I think it was it a gorgeous face (and a well-known one), but its lighting was perfect for matching up to the original painting.

So, without further ado,

*drum roll*

The not spiritual version....

~ Frodo, as painted by Guido Reni:

The Prisoner of Love-full manip

I think he looks like the prisoner of Love, nobly waiting his fate.


~ Mechtild


mariole at 2005-12-11 23:27 (UTC) (Link)
Whahoo! This isn't spiritual painting; it's erotica! Kind of like Elijah's hands-behind-the-back tape-over-mouth AIDS campaign piccie. All tied up with nowhere to go... :-D
mechtild at 2005-12-11 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, he's just heard The Ripper was in the neighborhood. Desperate, isn't he?

I didn't say it was spiritual, sweet-cakes. That's why I renamed it. Whiteling's was spiritual, but not mine. Nope nope nope.
lembas_junkie at 2005-12-12 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
"Kind of like Elijah's hands-behind-the-back tape-over-mouth AIDS campaign piccie. All tied up with nowhere to go."

You can say *that* again - weee!
mechtild at 2005-12-12 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
What's this picture you are talking about?
lembas_junkie at 2005-12-13 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
You know that black-and-white one recently with the duct-tape pasted over his mouth, eyebrows squinshed just so, and hands behind his back? It was an Aldo photo shoot for Aids Awareness. A Good cause...and sweet pic to boot! :D
mechtild at 2005-12-13 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Lembas, could you pretty-please send me a copy. Or you could post it right here in the Comments. I'm sure other people who may not have seen it might like to have at "All for a Good Cause-In Bondage-Elijah".
lembas_junkie at 2005-12-15 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
Of course, my dear! You mean... *THIS* one?


mechtild at 2005-12-15 03:41 (UTC) (Link)
HA! I never saw that! Thanks!
taerie at 2005-12-12 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
I think you definitely improved it.. But in my opinion the addition of Frodo's face improves almost any picture! When I looked at the original I thought.. nah.. I wouldn't choose that one.. but it was because of the proportions of face to body. But you fixed that! So now I like it!
(I am gonna erase the arrow though in my own personal version. Unless I can imagine that he has just rung the doorbell and is trying to freak me out with one of those fake joke arrows. "ow! look what happened taerie! kiss it and make it better!)LOL!
Sorry.. a bit punch drunk today..
mechtild at 2005-12-12 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, I already erased the arrow. It was so thin, I actually had not noticed it! (Too busy lookin gat the face and the draperies.) I hadthought it was a crease or something and had meant to "fix it" and forgot about it. Guido Reni must have made that arrow just a sliver of a thing on purpose, so clearly is this a painting of male nude (attractively draped), rather than of a martyr suffering. Unless he meant that slender little dart to represent an arrow from Cupid, instead.
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mechtild at 2005-12-12 05:00 (UTC) (Link)
I think he looks more of a "Cupid" than a saint.
mechtild at 2005-12-13 04:51 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Iorhael, for coming in and posting. Especially now that I know you don't really care for manips, as such. (Just read your post in the other entry.) You are very kind!
aussiepeach at 2005-12-12 03:57 (UTC) (Link)
Good Eru! *faints*
mechtild at 2005-12-12 13:52 (UTC) (Link)

Me, too. But not for long. I've got too much enraptured staring to do.
maeglian at 2005-12-12 08:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for removing the arrow! That made all the difference compared to the first version - much as I like seeing unclothed Frodos, I'd rather not have him visibly tortured, the poor thing. Excellent manip as always! :-)
mechtild at 2005-12-12 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank Taerie for reminding me. I have to remember to put on my "up-close glasses" before I think I've finished a manip. I have bi-focals now, but the monitor is really in my mid-range. I just take my glasses off at the computer. But it's still true that my vision at two feet from the screen is less than perfect. I would have left that arrow in for ages. I didn't even notice it in the original, smaller image. When I made it larger to fashion the manip, I thought, "What the heck is that?" At first I thought it was a white fault line. Then I thought it looked like a thin stream of saliva, but at the wrong angle. Finally, I realised it was supposed to be the world's thinnest arrow. I really think the artist must have been loath to put that arrow in the painting at all.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2005-12-12 08:51 (UTC) (Link)

Oh my!

Draperies and lighting and Fro. Oh my! Draperies and lighting and Fro. Oh my!

A beautiful manip. Thanks Mechtild.

Please do not trip over me when you leave :D


mechtild at 2005-12-12 13:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh my!

I am rather proud of this one, Estë. I think the "Frenzy" head shot worked beautifully with it. Today I must go post it over at the Harem, too, for those who don't stop by here. I was afraid it was a little racy for the Harem, but there's really nothing racier in it than Whiteling's manip. It's the difference in facial expressions. Hers make the manip look more elevated, such as if it were an illustration of Frodo in captivity at CU (before they beat him up). But with the "Harem Frenzy" face, the gaze is so softly ardent, well, I feel quite melted looking at it.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2005-12-12 14:43 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh my!

This is by far the best you have done to date.

mechtild at 2005-12-12 14:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh my!

Thank you, Estë. I think that for sheer polish, it ties with Frodo in Waterhouse's "The Siren and the Fisherman". But, as I told Lembas below, for sheer swoon quotient, I think it is now my favourite, even more than "Frodo Before the Fire" which continues to have a very powerful effect on me.

Oh, *SIGH*
lembas_junkie at 2005-12-12 13:55 (UTC) (Link)
swooOOOon! *THUNK* :D
mechtild at 2005-12-12 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is terribly swoony, isn't it? I was hoping it wasn't just me, and that its appeal would extend to others. I loooooove it. I think it's right up there with Frodo in the Siren and the Fisherman for expertise, and up there with the same manip, Frodo Before the Fire, and Frodo taking Psyche to heaven for swoonability.
theartoffic at 2006-05-16 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
*combusts* this is... i want one of these for my living room :D
Prisioner of love indeed! (that would be teh view, as in me, who's completely taken with this piece!)
mechtild at 2006-05-16 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it beautiful? Reni would die to know what I have done with his St. Sebastian. He was an extremely repressed man, sexually, it sounds, who never experienced physically expressed love with anyone. He must have poured all of his energies into painting instead.
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