Mechtild (mechtild) wrote,

Darkening up the Frodo Art Travesties, plus a new Reni....

Greetings! I have just returned from visiting family, "back east". While I was out there I was able to use the internet services that were available in the public library. Although there was never enough time to read all my mail, I did look at my LJ.

I noticed that all of my manips and screencaps seemed wan and pale on all of the library's machines. Boo hoo hoo! The monitor I use at home is rather old. Too old, it seems. I have the "bright" turned all the way up, but everything looks loads darker on my machine. I was shocked to see how different my work looked on newer, very much brighter monitors.

Therefore, I re-did every one of my Frodo Art Travesties, darkening them considerably, re-naming them, and reloading them into the Photobucket album.

If you have any favourites that you have saved, you may want to re-save them. I apologize for the fact that I will have broken links to images posted in threads (such as the "New Frodo's Harem" thread at K-D). My Art Travesty link is in my signature there, however, so no fan of the manips need suffer. *grin* (Note that there are three pages; I apologize that the names of the prints are truncated by Photobucket.)

Now, then. As an "I'm back" gesture, I have made a new manip.

Here's a detail from it:

Frodo and Potiphar's Wife

I am very pleased with it. It is made from a painting by the same Italian Baroque painter who did the "St. Sebastian" and the "Bacchus and Ariadne" I manipped recently. When I saw this painting, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, I knew I would have to make it into a Frodo manip. (The Frodo head shot is from the fireside scene in FotR.)

The scene depicted in the painting is a very dramatic one. Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, works in the house of Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah. Joseph does very well and is made overseer by Potiphar. However, Potiphar's wife thinks he'll do very well, too. "Joseph was handsome and good-looking," the text reads. In fact, she propositions Joseph repeatedly but each time he refuses. (Talk about on-the-job harrassment.)

One day, he is not so lucky....

But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house."

Genesis 39:11-12

The painting shows him escaping as she clutches his garment. Still holding his garment, Potiphar's wife will accuse Joseph of having tried to rape her. Joseph is thrown into prison. Ah, what a great scene for film-Frodo to play! Such angst! How nobly he resists, knowing it will probably be his doom to do so, with a woman so determined and so unprincipled. *sigh*


~ Here is film Frodo appearing as the beleaguered Joseph, in Guido Reni's Joseph and Potiphar's Wife:

Frodo and Potiphar's Wife, full manip

P.S. The other thing I did visiting my mother in D.C. was to go see Brokeback Mountain. Three times. I'm taking our daughter on Friday. Perhaps I will write a post on it. Suffice it to say, not since RotK have I been so impressed and moved by a film.

I loved it.


Just in case it doesn't get noticed in the comments boxes down there, Maeglian said this about the manip(s), which I think is very apt and provocative:

I think I may actually like the cropped teaser version better than the whole thing. Some disembodied hand is pullling his clothes off, to his obvious surprise or consternation....... Who is it? What's happening? Doesn't he want it to happen, or is it just the location that's inconvenient? (...)

Here's a link to the Frodo Art Travesties album, if you would like it.

~ Mechtild

Tags: art, frodo and art, frodo art travesties

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