Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Handel and the artist Goupy (Fixed the Link)

The Charming Brute
According to one story, Handel invited an old friend, famed painter George [Joseph?] Goupy to dine at his home. Handel apologized for the meager meal, blaming it on financial woes. Later, though, Guopy (sic) found Handel stuffing himself with expensive delicacies. Goupy left angry, and later painted a now famous caricature of Handel as an overweight, organ-playing pig surrounded by the objects of his gluttony.

- from a post at Medical Discovery News.  But read the rest of the story about Handel's probable lead poisoning that may have been connected to his outrageous conduct.

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