#genius dummies who made home with each other#ok look at this whole spam and cry a little bit#and then focus on EACH INDIVIDUAL GIF#it is RIDICULOUS let me TELL YOU#my favourite thing in the world#the bottom row made me pause when i was watching the show#he doesn’t even ever introduce it as something he made but it’s so lovely and earnest and constant and low-key and kind#he just adores her
DM: “To do that, you need a forge.”
Dwarf Bard:”… what if we just found a large pit o’ fire. Would that work?”
DM: “No, you need a DWARVEN forge.”
Dwarf Bard: “What if I were the one tae start th’ fire. Would that make it a Dwarven forge?”
Wizard: “No, that would make it a Dwarven pit of fire.”
Fighter: “Actually, that would make it arson.”
David Klöcker von Ehrenstrahl
Black Man with Parrots and Monkeys
Oil on Canvas, 144 x 130 cm.
Stockholm, Statens Konstmuseer. Nationalmuseum.
Data from: The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
The man in this painting was almost certainly in charge of keeping these delicate animals alive in a hostile northern climate for the menagerie of the Swedish royal court. Menageries were an ostentatious display of wealth and sphere of influence in many courts around the world, including many European courts. This man’s position would have been quite high, considering that the care and feeding of these animals would have been quite difficult in Sweden. The fact that he is Black would have also reflected well on the status of the court that housed him, since Black servants were considered “exotic”, although not particularly unusual.
Once again, it’s possible to speculate that he was enslaved, but there is nothing in this painting to indicate that this is the case; he doesn’t even have a metal (often gold or silver) collar that Black people in European service were often painted with in the 18th century whether or not they were actually enslaved. (I think someone asked about the collars recently; their depiction in art had more to do with what Europeans thought looked good than any practical function or definitive symbol of enslaved status. And yes, it’s gross and dehumanizing.)
Paintings like these serve a sort of proto-Orientalism “bridge” function. They’re meant to evoke the “exotic” as under European control and dominance, but also carry the connotations of earlier images that underscore the wealth and influence necessary to acquire rare animals and Black servants, and the money to house them both in luxury.
Overall, this image evokes its predecessors more than what came later, and this painting can be enjoyed as that of a kind man who loves his job, and is obviously good at it. As a royal servant with an important job (this would likely have been his only work, it being rather intensive and specialized), he would have enjoyed the best clothes, food, and entertainment, as well as most likely having an appropriate marriage arranged for him if he desired such a thing, and any children would have gained good household positions via his influence (especially if they learned the care and feeding of parrots!).
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It’s apparently Goblin Week, which sounded like fun. :) Whenever I think of goblins, I think of chihuahuas, so…chihuoblin? :D
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