Gallery of Philosophical Images 2

Continuation of The Gallery of Philosophical Images


As in this picture by Lucas van Leyden, a good number of artists of the late Middle Ages and early Modernity took pleasure in depicting the eminent thinker Aristotle as dominated by his consort Phyllis. The idea is that the subjugation of nature by the mind is not always as successful as philosophers may wish.


Who is cracking the whip?--:A photograph of Lou Salome, Paul Ree, and Friedrich Nietzsche when they were still good friends. It was on Nietzsche's insistence that they arranged their pictorial roles the way they did. A few years later Nietzsche wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in which occurs the notorious statement: "When you go to a woman, do not forget your whip." For whatever reason, that piece of advice was put by the author in the mouth of an old woman.



Duane Hanson: "Shopping Lady"

"How much exactly is enough?"


Family TV, The Cradle of Our Civilization
(The best theory of it is Plato's Allegory of the Cave)

From the Metropolitan Museum in New York:
Erastus Dow Palmer: "The White Captive" (1857-59)

This must be one of the best illustrations of the theme Woman as Object.
(Cf. Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex. And the film "Nine1/2 Weeks.")
Palmer's sculpture was inspired by newspaper reports of white women captured by Indians in the frontier territories. Readers were fascinated by those stories, and artists produced a good number of female White Slave images.


Sketch by Orozco, Cabanas Museum in Guadalajara

Draws attention to how much posturing is involved not only in monuments, but in human communication in general. Could a dog posture? The Cynics thought dogs are more honest than humans. There is a scene in Richard Burton's Hamlet where the Prince rants and gestures wildly, but then suddenly stops to look at his extended arm--wondering at the strangeness of its doings ....
Nietzsche grew up in an age of Opera and posturing. Verbal grandstanding makes his Zarathustra a bit hard to take at times .... What a difference between a still life and a monument!


Napoleon's favorite uniform:
Ecce homo

The Right to Be Lazy


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