Marilyn Monroe

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The Manuscript Files: A Medieval Marilyn?

Detail of Saint John the Evangelist Writing / German
Saint John the Evangelist Writing, German, about 1340–50. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 17 7/8 x 12 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 108, verso

The luxuriant locks sported by this medieval figure might seem to say more “Marilyn Monroe” than “Saint John.” Both he and the movie star sport hairstyles from the glamorous ‘40s—in the saint’s case, the 1340s. In the Middle Ages, it… More»

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      This buff part of the male anatomy (above the crop!) was often emphasized among the sculpted gods and heroes of classical art. Here’s what to call it:

      • Aphrodite’s saddle
      • Hercules’ girdles
      • Athlete’s girdle
      • Apollo’s belt
      • Adonis belt
      • Poseidon’s fanny-pack (well, allegedly)

      The Lansdowne Herakles (detail), about A.D. 125, Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

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