O Glorious Leader
2016, Oil on Italian Linen, 120 x 100cm
The “Great” are littered throughout history.
Take Peter the Great, for example. This is the guy that demanded a city bearing his own name be built out of a mosquito-infested swamp. He founded a drinking club entitled “The All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters” and also invented the sport of dwarf tossing.
Another jolly Russian, Catherine the Great, allegedly had a special apparatus constructed in order have sex with a horse. Indeed, the rumour going around was this was how she died. Admittedly, the story was spread by her enemies. And while it may just be a scrap of malicious gossip, she did have a few verified profligacies such as having her assistants procure innumerable lovers, who where “tested” for proficiency by her handmaidens.
So here’s the thing: what does it take to earn (or lose) the title “Great”? Please discuss.