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(Yahoo)   X-rays reveal icebergs under Captain Cook painting   ( divider line
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2004-07-06 01:21:55 AM  
That's really interesting. Cook's been one of my heroes for as long as I can remember - he's a local boy. There's a life-size replica of his ship Endeavour moored directly opposite my office building. He was a great man, and had the unusual quality among great men of being a nice man as well. Cool.
2004-07-06 01:53:47 AM  
2004-07-06 01:54:51 AM  
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2004-07-06 01:56:22 AM  
Oh the joyous life of an artist.
2004-07-06 01:59:35 AM  
So farking what?
2004-07-06 02:00:11 AM  
I guess the artist thought no one would believe him.

Cook's ships were the only British-flagged vessels given free passage by the fledgling USA during the Revolution.
2004-07-06 02:00:11 AM  
He sold his remaining paintings for a pittance and moved to Devon to open a bank, but lost everything just two years later. He died the day after rowing across the harbour in a gale to close the bank.

His private life was equally messy. His first wife died in childbirth within a year of marriage, and his second wife lasted just three months before she too died.

His third and last wife died destitute, months after his own death, leaving behind their five starving children.

Wow... That article sure ended on a positive note... geez...
2004-07-06 02:00:42 AM  
I reckon they was a bit short on canvas.
2004-07-06 02:02:15 AM  
2004-07-06 02:02:56 AM  
I don't get this. Who sits around going, "Hrm, I think I'll go X-ray some old paintings"?
2004-07-06 02:05:35 AM  
ahhh the snide and snotty whippersnapper comments. This is interesting because it is history. Any little bit of info we can glean from times past illuminates not only their lives but possibly ours as well.

I love to learn about little lost tid bits of history. I will be sure to stop by McDonald's and share a story or two with you little weasels.
2004-07-06 02:06:58 AM  
I didn't say it wasn't interesting. I'm just confused as to how the painting was discovered in the first place.
2004-07-06 02:11:02 AM  
"There is an undeniable sensuality in these pictures. Sex oozes from many of them," Attenborough said.

Well I hope you wiped off afterwards.. whew
2004-07-06 02:20:35 AM  
wow..this is cool. Believe it or not, I am related to this guy. He is like my great great great great grandfather. I might have left out a great.
2004-07-06 02:20:49 AM  
"His last solo exhibition in 1795 was shut by the authorities who deemed his anti-war paintings to be fomenting revolt at a time when England was fighting France."

I'd be curious to know more about this part.
2004-07-06 02:27:26 AM  
Let me get this right.

He went to the Antarctic, painted it.

Then said screw it, I'm painting a tropical scene over it.

And we shot X-rays at it and found the original painting.

I did RTFA, but I guess I'm not smart enough to figure it out.

And does 'overpainted' mean he painted over the Antarctic scene, or that too many artists, at that time had painted Pickersgill Harbor?

"Oh, its just yet another painting of Pickersgill...toss."

Whats a costal scene?
2004-07-06 02:36:14 AM  
I guess warm scenes were what were selling that season.
2004-07-06 03:06:26 AM  
I just finished Tony Horwitz's book Blue Latitudes about retracing the Cook voyages a few minutes ago. Then I log onto Fark and there's a Captain Cook article. Weird.
2004-07-06 03:09:26 AM  
who the hells sits at an art museum and says to themselves, "eh, this is a pretty good painting, LET'S X-RAY IT!!!"
2004-07-06 03:15:21 AM  
Curators might notice something bumpy under the paint, and decide to X-ray it. Overpainting was very common in the old days--saved on canvases.
2004-07-06 03:24:34 AM  
Speciate beat me to it. Plenty of people today still do it--when you're using lots of canvas it can get damn expensive, sometimes.
2004-07-06 03:35:51 AM  
Not too mention he was painting on a ship. He couldn't just run to the art supply store and buy more.
2004-07-06 03:36:31 AM  
too = to. I swear I''m not really illiterate. Just tired.
2004-07-06 03:51:07 AM  
In other news, the newly revealed iceberg painting has, in the only known online record available, been nearly completely obscured by David Attenborough's old fossil ass.

X-ray imaging of the X-ray image is expected to be redundant, but may allow others to see the icebergs. David Attenborough has seen it. As soon as he dies, or moves aside for photographers, the new image may be revealed to the rest of the world.
2004-07-06 03:55:00 AM  
He's an artist on a ship with a limited number of frames + canvas. For the first year he paints, 'View of Sea', 'Clouds over Sea', 'Sea at Night', 'Stormy Sea', then 'Lumps of Ice in Sea'. All of a sudden he comes across a gorgeous tropical landscape with half naked native girls dancing for him as brightly coloured parrots fly about. All of a sudden 'Lumps of Ice' becomes something you can easily paint over.
2004-07-06 03:55:31 AM  
Yes, but can we paint over Sir David Attenborough?
2004-07-06 03:58:21 AM  
Hodges' paintings from the three-year voyage show a virtually untouched landscape with towering mountains and costal scenes including local tribes at rest and in religious rituals.

"There is an undeniable sensuality in these pictures. Sex oozes from many of them," Attenborough said.



2004-07-06 05:17:01 AM  
Sex... oozes... Icebergs. Yeah, I get it. The painting just squirts sex right out onto you as an elderly nun explains it.

"You can't spell carnation without Carnal."

"Actually, you can't spell Carnation with Carnal. Then it would be 'carnaltion'!"

"But you can't spell it without Car, and cars have back seats, do they not?"

"Not in the 18th century, when that was painted!"

... and then the Nun hit him with a ruler. That was great.
2004-07-06 05:38:01 AM  
Interesting find, maybe, but the story about the interest was far more interesting.

2004-07-06 06:10:06 AM  
Was never too interested in Cook until I left UK and got to the other side of the world and realised what an important role he played in history.

An amazing man of amazing times. I recommend anyone to read his biography by Richard Hough.

I've seen a 2/3rds size replica of the Endeavour in a little museum in NZ. Amazing to think they travelled so far in such a tiny tub, eh?
2004-07-06 06:12:29 AM  
This seems as good a place as any to post this image.

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2004-07-06 09:10:35 AM  
now that's interesting!
2004-07-06 09:14:14 AM  
Why is it so hard to understand?

They went to antartica first, and the painter thought that would be the highlight of the trip, so he painted several scenes of it. But then later, they arrived an New Zealand and he realized that was the highlight, but he didn't have many canvases left, so he had to paint over some of the antartic ones.

As some others have pointed out, this is interesting because it's history. We've found some new information about what cook saw in antartica. That information was previously hidden behind a painting of new zealand.
2004-07-06 09:20:44 AM  
"There is an undeniable sensuality in these pictures. Sex oozes from many of them," Attenborough said.

Well, now we know what medium the artist used.
2004-07-06 10:35:03 AM  
Did you know that having sex with a tree is tetrophilia? I learned that from TeenHealthFX.

They're paying my therapy bills now.

Wonder what an iceberg lover would be called...
2004-07-06 10:46:03 AM  
Katholic Kaukasian Klub
Wonder what an iceberg lover would be called...

Chilly Willie
2004-07-06 10:59:34 AM  
When is Dan Brown going to write a book about it?
2004-07-06 12:08:38 PM  
If a kindergarten painting went for $75,000 (previous artical) then I wonder what this one would go for?
2004-07-06 03:07:00 PM  
Is there any way of removing the top painting and exposing the iceberg one underneath?
2004-07-07 01:50:17 AM  
anat0010 : You phrased it perfectly.
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