It's been a big week in art... with Jim Pavlidis

Children today will come to regard the word "infraction" in the same way that my generation thinks of "Funk & Wagnel", as a phrase with little meaning but heavily associated with a particular time in history.

In recent times the resemblance between Paul Little and St Christopher, as depicted in Konrad Witz's 15th Century painting, is uncanny.

For many months, the Essendon chairman has been metaphorically wading across a dangerous river carrying the younger but infinitely more powerful coach-in-exile James Hird on his shoulder.

For his beliefs St Christopher was eventually killed.

While it remains unclear whether Little's football career will go the same way, what is certain is that the entire unseemly episode will go the same way as other past footy phenomena - think "VFL Park" or "osteitis pubis" - living news one minute but sporting trivia the next.