Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose


Five hundred years ago, an unknown artist created this woodcut for an edition of the works of Virgil, the ancient Roman author of The Aeneid. It is an image of FAMA, which could mean Rumor or Fame, and it is worth the proverbial thousand words: a whorish, brazen harpy, whose uncanny resemblance to certain “celebrities” of our day and their craving to make news is not a coincidence.

Apparently, they knew about the likes of Ms. Ciccone and company back in 1517.

Lord have mercy.

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