Saturday, 9 February 2013

Little angels


I was doing some Google research on cherubs for the Four Seasons panels, and came across this image. I thought it was worth putting up in it's own right - a little stroke of genius, seeing the potential, don't you think?

Cherubs seem to have been around for a very long time, but not always in the form of the chubby little babies who delight in getting mischievously involved in human loves, celebrations and conflicts - I think they started out as God's little helpers but, being children, could not help but play at every opportunity when sent down here.

There is a famous Florentine ceiling painting in which one male cherub can be spotted standing on a wall and pissing down onto the human guests in the ballroom below, as the others dance and throw flowers about.

All those cute kids dressed up in flower garlands, holding up the bride's train at expensive weddings are cherubs - or as near as us mortals can get to them. Being pre-pubescent innocents, cherubs can get away with all sorts of naughtiness. Imagine punishing a cherub - unthinkable. Never smack children.


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  1. Cracking photo. Am off to find afew more like it

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    1. I can supply you with a few like the bottom one - including piss, if you need them.

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  2. My oldest daughter once crawled behind the Adirondack chairs on a wide summer porch, finishing off dregs set on the floor. When we found her asleep at the other end of the route her romper was soaked in booze and her breath...stunk.

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    1. Exactly 2 years old; July of 67. Prescient. She now owns Grovewood Tavern and Wine Bar in Cleveland.

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  3. Nice bracket from the first photo to your last sentence, with which I whole-heartedly agree. Here the castles and parks are full of putti - charming and making one smile. Cuddly!

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    1. Give me a small child, and it will be putti in my hands... now who said that?

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  4. Aw sweet. I like the top picture especially.

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    1. You would, you pervert, you - isn't it?

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  5. Cherubs are over rated. I prefer the common Banshee.

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