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MOGO’s Fishy Story

Posted on | April 12, 2017 | No Comments

The internet helps Mogo explain himself. Recently he told me that he’s in this painting of an incident in the 30 Years War. He’s the man on foot wearing the size XL cuirass in the lower left foreground. The next day Mogo fired the lackey for making gestures behind his back. The horseback grandee on the right is Spinola accepting the Dutch surrender. Spinola was a widely-admired Genoese general fighting for the Spanish Empire who was known for his civilized and humane comportment. That was in short supply in those days, as you can see by the rough way the Spanish soldier behind the kneeling Dutch commander is indicating what the Dutchman should do.

I queried Mogo about this fishy story. “From what you say, Mogo, you’d think you and these people were posing for a photo. This painting was probably done months later by an artist who wasn’t there!”

Mogo gave an elaborate 17th Century Spanish shrugs and said what he always says: “Aw, you get the idea.”

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