What the Frock Wednesday – Renaissance Unchained

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There I was, minding my own business on Amazon Prime Video, watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or whatever, when this documentary popped up in the bottom of the browser window under “Customers who watched this item also watched…”

This made me wonder a couple of things:

  1. What sort of mind-altering substance was the graphic designer on when they threw this low-effort crap together?
  2. What marketing team looked at it and thought, “Seems legit!” and signed off on it?
  3. Which one of you weirdos watched this so that it ended up in my recommended videos?

It’s so bad that I don’t think I even need to discuss the actual badness of it. But I will, because Trystan will probably kill me if I don’t make this post longer. So, allow me to pose some questions regarding what makes this so bad and we can all discuss it together:

Is it Van der Weyden’s masterpiece, Descent From the Cross?

Also known as “Deposition of Christ” or “One of six paintings you were forced to study in Art History 101.”

Or could it be this bitch?

This bitch, who is in no way representative of the Renaissance?

This bitch, who’s poorly fitted Leg Avenue costume is barely representative of something vaguely 18th century, which isn’t at all, in any way, shape, or form, THE RENAISSANCE?

This bitch, who probably was the first thing that came up when the designer searched StockImages under “ye olde-y time-y IDGAF”?

Yeah. I’m going to go with this bitch being all that is wrong with the world and why I hate everyone right now.

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Sarah Lorraine

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Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

18 Responses

  1. bshaurette

    Oh, this is from Waldemar Januzczak! I’ve actually heard good things about the documentary, just haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’ve enjoyed a lot of his other art history/analysis.

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    • Janet Nickerson

      Yes, I’ve seen a couple of his programs; ‘Rococo, Travel, Pleasure, and Madness’ and ‘Baroque – from St. Peter’s to St. Paul’s’. I found the programs interesting. I think the skinny gal in the weird white gown is supposed to be a representation of Spring; I believe you can watch the program without flinging anything at the screen.

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  2. Karen K.

    I feel the same when I see books supposedly set in the Regency period and the dresses are vaguely Disney princess. Makes me want to throw the book across the room. E-books and large print are notorious for this (of course I can’t throw an e-reader across the room.)

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    • Rori

      Actually this is pretty much any historical fiction novels. Most books out there would feature women in a dress or outfit that is really not historically accurate to the period it take place. I’m looking at you Anne o Brien…

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  3. Kate D

    So weird. The cover photo for this documentary on imbd is just the Mona Lisa. No sign of Halloween costume girl.

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  4. Susan Pola Staples

    Idk why I can get you on my tablet and not my smartphone but I agree this looks like a demented bad historical romance cover. I really want to puke, but having just recovered from a bad cough/cold, it might not be a good idea. So I’ll be very childish and stick out my tongue at it.

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  5. PJ

    I will admit that the image almost put me off watching it but I am glad it didn’t because I found the show itself really interesting, along with a lot of the other programs that the host has done.

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  6. Karin

    That is sooooo weird – and total disrepect to a masterpiece by van der Weyden. The documentary itself was pretty good though. I’ll watch anything like that on BBC, and they don’t do weird like that to advertise them.

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