A report on Mockery

The Mockery of the Owl: a 17th-century painting by Jan van Kessel the Elder, loosely depicting a scene from the 13th-century poem, The Owl and the Nightingale, in which the owl is mocked for its characteristics by other birds.
The mocking of Jesus, here as depicted by Matthias Grünewald, is an historically popular theme for artists.

Act of insulting or making light of a person or other thing, sometimes merely by taunting, but often by making a caricature, purporting to engage in imitation in a way that highlights unflattering characteristics.

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The Mockery of the Owl: a 17th-century painting by Jan van Kessel the Elder, loosely depicting a scene from the 13th-century poem, The Owl and the Nightingale, in which the owl is mocked for its characteristics by other birds.

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Caricature of Aubrey Beardsley by Max Beerbohm (1896), taken from Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen

Caricature

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Rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or other artistic drawings .

Rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or other artistic drawings .

Caricature of Aubrey Beardsley by Max Beerbohm (1896), taken from Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen
Ancient Pompeiian graffiti caricature of a politician
James Gillray's The Plumb-pudding in danger (1805), which caricatured Pitt and Napoleon, was voted the most famous of all UK political cartoons.
An example of a caricature created using computerized techniques, superimposed over a photographic image
A modern, street-style caricature of a man (c. 2010), with the subject on the right
Une discussion littéraire à la deuxième Galerie by Honoré Daumier Lithograph published in Le Charivari newspaper, February 27, 1864
A Group of Vultures Waiting for the Storm to "Blow Over"—"Let Us Prey." by Thomas Nast, Harper's Weekly newspaper, September 23, 1871.
Print advertisement for U.S. Savings Bonds, featuring a caricature of Groucho Marx
Caricatures of George Armstrong Custer by illustrator/cartoonist Jack Davis

Drawing caricatures can simply be a form of entertainment and amusement – in which case gentle mockery is in order – or the art can be employed to make a serious social or political point.

1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a great deal of satire of the contemporary, social, and political scene.

Satire

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Genre of the visual, literary, and performing arts, usually in the form of fiction and less frequently non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, often with the intent of shaming or exposing the perceived flaws of individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement.

Genre of the visual, literary, and performing arts, usually in the form of fiction and less frequently non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, often with the intent of shaming or exposing the perceived flaws of individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement.

1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a great deal of satire of the contemporary, social, and political scene.
The satirical papyrus at the British Museum
Satirical ostracon showing a cat guarding geese, c.1120 BC, Egypt.
Figured ostracon showing a cat waiting on a mouse, Egypt
Pieter Bruegel's 1568 satirical painting The Blind Leading the Blind.
'A Welch wedding' Satirical Cartoon c.1780
A Victorian satirical sketch depicting a gentleman's donkey race in 1852
Benzino Napaloni and Adenoid Hynkel in The Great Dictator (1940). Chaplin later declared that he would have not made the film if he had known about the concentration camps.
Puppet of Manchester United striker Eric Cantona from the British satirical puppet show Spitting Image
Stephen Colbert satirically impersonated an opinionated and self-righteous television commentator on his Comedy Central program in the U.S.
Political satire by Ranan Lurie

Another analysis of satire is the spectrum of his possible tones: wit, ridicule, irony, sarcasm, cynicism, the sardonic and invective.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

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English politician, philosopher, and writer.

English politician, philosopher, and writer.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury
Anthony Ashley Cooper with his brother Maurice, in a 1702 painting by John Closterman designed to illustrate his Neo-Platonist beliefs
Engraving of Anthony Ashley Cooper in the first volume of Characteristicks from 1732
Philosopher's Tower on the Shaftesbury Estate

In terms of Augustan literature, Shaftesbury's defence of ridicule was taken as an entitlement to scoff, and to use ridicule as a "test of truth".