Paolo Uccello: Portrait of a Renaissance Sperg

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Bronze Age Pervert

Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists has an interesting post about Paolo Uccello (1397-1475), a man to the SaloForum taste:



Continued below. His paintings are good, and unusual:

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Bronze Age Pervert

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Bronze Age Pervert

I add this, I wouldn't have normally called this man a "sperg" some time back, and actually I still don't, but I modify my language here with irony for Salo taste...the reason is that I don't agree with the category "sperg." Obviously it would also describe a genius like Uccello and many others, like Newton, who are monomaniacally obsessed with one intellectual problem and who isolate themselves from other people and therefore appear eccentric and removed...these kinds of men would be today, while schoolboys, labeled by the school psychologist as having some disorder, whether it is Asperger's or autism, or in the case of someone like da Vinci, he might be called depressed because of his brooding and introverted nature. In this way the female-psychological establishment manages to medicalize and label as "disease" the psychological preconditions for great intellectual achievement. These evil notions have penetrated the popular mind also, which is why even supposedly anti-establishment people will casually throw around the word "sperg" to describe precisely behavior like Uccello's above.

The assumption behind both the popular and the establishment hostility to behavior described above is that a man should be naturally interested in many things, should multitask well, should be socially easy-going and associate well with many people, should empathize and sympathize easily with others, should not take too much of an interest in intellectual problems especially if they are one or few or esoteric, and should embody conventional opinion and tastes in his daily manner and activity--should be a bonhomme of common sense. It is considered a great problem, also, if a man should show more interest in intellectual problems than in sex with women, and should--this is the worst, in their minds--generally avoid the company of women perhaps to spend time with other men who are interested in similar things. Now the difference between "traditional" people and the feminized-psychological-manager PC establishment is only about what should constitute these conventional notions...the "traditional" people want to maintain an older and popular organic understanding, in which the ideal man is let us say, the bonhomme and charming salesman and operator, while the educational-medical-media establishment have something new they want to replace it with, in which the ideal man is the SWPL office faggot. But the former have adopted the language of the latter, and also their medical ideas, and abandoned the common-sense words for people that they now call "spergs." If they meant assholes, or nerds, or idiots (the Greek word idiotes, meaning private man, is appropriate in many cases for what they actually want to say) then these are the words they should use. For example, I call people who use half-baked scientific or social "science" concepts and drone on about them in public in a nasal voice, "idiots," I don't pretend they have a medical problem. The "traditional" people, that is, should realize that the categories Aspergers and such are meant to apply not only to D&D and rubik's cube obsessives, in fact not even primarily to them, but more so to, e.g., a group of men who are entirely devoted to one intellectual task, whether it be cosmology, or theology, or *gasp* a political idea, and who exclude women from this activity, and who "neglect" "other parts of their lives." Now, traditional popular understanding also generally was hostile to this kind of activity, but it used different words to describe such men; now the people and the establishment agree that essentially, the preconditions for any cultural activity are a medical problem.

Both the popular understanding and the medical-media-government-PC establishment agree that a "well-rounded life" is the best thing and that intellectual, spiritual, cultural matters are fine as fashion dressing but shouldn't be taken too seriously. But a "well-rounded life" is meaningless and low. A true man must be devoted to one thing!!

Oz Identitarian

Well stated BAP.

Schmeisser
This technique is particularly ingenious. The simplicity and precision of it is impressive, and it's really delightful to do. The problem of it will seem very frustrating when one first examines it: how do my figures and details diminish towards vanishing point at a consistent rate? It'd be difficult to explain how it's accomplished, but it's very amusing. And you will think, why didn't I think of that? Why had nobody else thought of this before the renaissance? Because once you learn Uccello's method, it's very easy to do.

I would have to disagree with the assessment that he should have spent more time on his figures. That would have been a waste.
Welund

I suppose extreme autism is an actual disease, but I thought asperger/autist had been reclaimed by those whom the US medical establishment disapproves of for having particular interests. (I should note that Asperger's has already been removed from the latest psychological manual and was brought under the autist definition.)

I want to add my signature here:

Spengler, The Decline of the West:
In direct contrast to the physicians of the Magian stamp who merely proclaimed
the virtues of their mysterious arcana, the medical men of the West seek to obtain for their knowl-
edge the force of civil law, as for instance in the matter of vaccination or the inspection of pork for
trichina.

Oz Identitarian

"Without great solitude, no serious work is possible." - Pablo Picasso

Draugen

Uccello's portraits of people display a certain detached concentration and intellectual power, but also a jarring remoteness:

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