Off the beaten path, blog-wise, but this interesting piece on the ham-fisted portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge by Joseph McKenzie at Takimag caught my attention with this little excerpt of truthiness:
...Good taste retired from Albion’s shores at the marriage of Charles Windsor and Diana Spencer—some would say well before then, as far back as the 1950s when Elizabeth II transformed the monarchy into a TV reality show. The English ceased to cultivate the arts when Henry VIII delegitimized his throne by placing it above the one Jesus had given to Peter.
Consider that the black-garbed, grim-faced, and serially divorced Puritans are doctrinally iconoclastic. Art, especially good art, has always been their enemy—witness the desecration of statues at Utrecht during the Beeldenstorm of 1566, the work of hardcore Calvinists who would later spread their proto-communist rot to America’s eastern shores...
I have to agree with McKenzie that "instead of a portrait, Emsley has produced an overblown mug shot."