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Peacock in Ravenna by Lawrence OP on Flickr.
The peacock was an early Christian symbol of immortality and the Resurrection because the ancients believed that the flesh of the peacock did not decay. Moreover, it was thought that the peacock sheds it old feathers every year and grows newer, brighter ones. This phenomenon was thus taken as a symbol of the exchanging of the mortal earthly body for the glorified body and eternal life of the glorified soul in Heaven.
This 6th-century mosaic of the peacock is in St Vitale in Ravenna.
When your intern gets a job that pays more than you, using the letter of recommendation you wrote
I have an irony headache.
Hah, yeah. This. Also, when the public demands mediocre works by artists they’ve heard of, rather than new art that might require a little more thought.
When a curator casually announces in a exhibition planning meeting that the lone work by a woman of color is being scratched from the exhibition checklist for lack of name recognition.
Why showcase a powerful artwork by an unknown living artist from an underrepresented demographic when you can put up another mediocre landscape by a well-known white guy who’s been dead for 100 years? This is actually a question? PUT ON THE KETTLE, KIDS. WE’RE GONNA BE HERE FOR A BIT.
Old men in sweaters
Oblivious to the heat.
How do they do it?
(Truly, how do they? It is 27 degrees out and old men are out in the sun, wearing Cosby sweaters.)