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Twins for the Master of the Parrot

"Twins for the Master of the Parrot" is copyright    1998 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

Pen and ink, 9.5 x 8 inches, 1998
Collection of Patty Jacoby

While flipping through an old auction catalog I came across a painting of St. Mary Magdalene by an artist known to history only as The Master of the Parrot. That name was intriguing enough in itself, but there was something about the painting that was exquisitely beautiful and at the same time wonderfully queer. The saint in question, with a face as lovely as any painted by Bernardino Luini (was the Master of the Parrot one of his followers?), was seated before a decorative arch, clutching her usual urn in her overly long arms. Something about that gesture and the elongation of her figure simply begged for a substitution, so now she holds a pair of conjoined twins.



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