There’s a painting of a monk at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City that bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudy Giuliani. At least some people think so. The 15th century painting, by Carlo Crivelli, is of St. Dominic, the patron saint of astronomers.

The illustration below (not the actual painting) is from the June 11, 2007 New Yorker article:

 

St. Rudy

St. Rudy

Illustration: Tom Bachtell

I’m not a Giuliani fan, as a previous post will show. But I have to admit this brought an extra big big smile to my face – especially my favorite moment which comes at the end of the article:

“Later, a class of schoolchildren came through. While most of them walked right by, one boy marched up to the would-be Giuliani and pointed. “That’s the Devil right there,” he said.

A Met spokesman, while offering tepid endorsement of the comparison (“Now that I’m leaning back in my chair, I can sort of see it”), said, “I’ve always thought Giuliani looked like Munch’s ‘The Scream.’ ”

Out of the mouths of babes…and museum spokesmen. All the sweeter because of Giuliani’s attempts to censor art at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999 by threatening to cut off funding when he was our Mayor.

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Read the entire article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker.