The Dim-Post

June 15, 2010

Painting of the day, parallels with the Labour Party reshuffle are purely coincidental edition

Filed under: art,blogging — danylmc @ 1:01 pm

Francisco Goya; Witches' Sabbat

I’ve never been to Madrid so I’ve never seen the original canvas but it popped into my mind reading Andrew’s critique of my Clayton Cosgrove post. Goya painted a series of Witchcraft pictures as a satirical attack on the Spanish Inquisition.


  1. Hmmm … I’d have gone with this one myself …

    Having been lucky enough to visit the Museo del Prado – on a private visit, funded by my own savings – I can attest to its power.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 15, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

  2. Murray McCully is heading to Madrid on the taxpayer at present. Maybe he’ll cruise in and check it out?

    Comment by Tom Gould — June 15, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  3. “Murray McCully is heading to Madrid on the taxpayer at present.”

    Hope he has his suit stowed in the NZ blogosphere approved manner. OK, I know, enough already …

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 15, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  4. Andrew. As the saying goes. Once is unfortunate, twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action. Three claims for lost luggage!
    Your faux naivety does you no credit.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — June 15, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  5. Barnsley,

    Your lack of factual accuracy does you none either. To reiterate once again the very limited facts available on this issue from sole newspaper article published in The Press. Cosgrove made two claims for lost luggage (a statistical outlier, sure, but not exactly unheard of in the annals of international travel), one of which included an expensive suit, the other of which did not. His staffer also made a claim for a travel bag prior to departure, which later got returned to Ministerial Services. If this adds up to damning evidence of fraud, well … OK, I guess. Times being what they are, and all.

    But, you know, facts be damned! I hear Nathan Guy charged a professional hit on his gay lover’s landlord to his credit card. Let’s riff on that one for a while.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 15, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

  6. But, you know, facts be damned!

    The page I reviewed for Stuff had a hotel room rented for 5 minutes, for around $500. It didn’t specify what it came with.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — June 15, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

  7. Graeme – whatever the use was, that’s bad value for money!

    Comment by Eddie C — June 15, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  8. Is that Crosbie Textor, or John Key in the centre of that picture?

    Comment by peterlepaysan — June 15, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

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