On a recent visit to New York City, while visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was shocked, SHOCKED to see this picture The Holy Family with Shepherds, 1616
Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593-1678). I can’t show the picture here due to the usage restrictions on the museum site, but you can either follow the link from the title or view it on my site at http://www.bigtimepatriot.com/default.asp?itemID=428 . Suffice it to say that the shepherds are getting an eyeful of the Madonna’s maternal breast. I only hope that the decent Christian zealots of America will crack down on this obscene artist. Sure this Jordaens guy might have died 327 years ago, but I don’t think we should let him off easy just for that.
Sure, the idea that viewing the human breast is evil is something that over the last 2000 years has only occasionally been taken as a moral dilemma. Sure, 400 years ago, viewing the breast of the Mother of Jesus was not a big deal, in fact its symbolism was important as part of a depiction of faith.
But many people in America know better than that. The timeless values of 2000 years of Christianity are one thing, but the values of the last 50 years are the ones that need to be enforced by strict moral admonishment. These people are conservatives, but its not as if they are really at all interested in conserving real ”old time” values, they are really interested in conserving the values of the recent past as they imagined it was. The golden ages for conservatives don’t appear to be 300 years ago or 1000 years ago or 2000 years ago, it was just the world of several decades ago as seen through the gloss of memory and its ability to diminish the actual nasty bits of the past.Powered by Sidelines