Monday, May 3, 2010

The bared left breast

I don't know if you've already heard and already rolled your eyes or not, but get ready to if you haven't yet.  Mr. Cucinelli, our illustrious state's Attorney General, recently issued his staff lapel pins with the state seal of Virginia on them.  Rather than being the normal version of the seal which looks like this, however:

he gave them a version that looked like this:

It's a poor image, but maybe you can see that Virtus, or virtue, has on armor  now.  Apparently he was uncomfortable with that bared left breast.  I wonder what he would think of my artwork?!

 What others have failed to mention, though, is that Tyranny (the dude she's stepping on) is no longer conquered.  Now it looks like he's looking up at her a bit dazed but not particularly done in.  What exactly might Cuccinelli be trying to tell us with that part of the image?

From an article online come more details:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement Saturday that the alternate Virginia state seal lapel pins issued to his staff were chosen for their historical significance.

Virginia's seal features the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed. On Cuccinelli's pin, recently handed out to his staff, Virtus' bosom is covered by an armored breastplate. Cuccinelli joked in a staff meeting that it converts a risque image into a PG one.

He explained in the statement that many variations of the state seal were used before a uniform version was created in 1930. Cuccinelli said his design was one of these variations and he didn't feel the need to use the uniform version.

"I felt it was historic and would be something unique for my staff," Cuccinelli said.

He went on to say that his joke about "Virtue being a little more virtuous" was intended for laughs and downplayed the media attention it garnered.

"Now seriously, can we get on with real news?" he said.

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