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ART HISTORY SERIES
What makes a work of art stand the test of time?
The old masters have left us a blueprint, and this series is a collection of master studies; my desire to understand their techniques, and explore what made them special.
La Grand Odalisque (1814)
Originally painted in the romantic and neoclassical styles, the figure is subtly distorted with an elongated spine, limbs, and an impossibly rotated hip. Considered a representation of the distorted standards of the ideal female figure.
This image was created from 5 different photos and composited to create the same subtle distortion.
Portrait of Monsieur Bertin (1832)
Considered Ingres' finest male portrait, it was well-received by critics at the time and distinguished due to the unique pose. This pose was a departure from the standard, and introduced the possibility of added expression and boldness in the male portrait.
This image was created to build upon the portrait of Monsieur Bertin, to explore the impending confrontation of what'll soon happen when she stands from her chair.
The only signed piece by Michelangelo, this statue depicts the mourning Mary with her deceased son, Jesus. Mary would have been much older than the adult Christ, but was personified in her youth to represent her ageless divinity.
This image was created with one model representing both characters, composited into a single image. This shift in narrative symbolizes our growth, and the subsequent sacrifices we mourn as we sever ties with our former selves.
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1602)
This bible story painted by Caravaggio illustrates Jesus proving his resurrection to his disciple Thomas, who doubted. Thinking Christ was a ghost rather than resurrected flesh, Jesus is shown taking Thomas by the hand and plunging his finger into his wound at the rib.
This image was created with one model representing all the characters, composited into a single image. This shift in narrative symbolizes our own self-doubt, and the beautiful moment when our higher self confronts our inner doubt and proves the prevailing self-love, self-beauty, and self-worth.
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness (1604)
John the Baptist grew up in the wilderness awaiting his life's calling. Caravaggio painted this meditative maturation in his signature chiaroscuro, and with desert plants at his feet.
I created this image with a sharp overhead, off-set light to give strong and crisp shadows. I left one eye illuminated under the shadowy brow to remind the viewer to be watchful and ready toward opportunity of your life's calling.
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Self-Portrait with a Cigarette (1895)
Cigars were for the bourgeoisie, and cigarettes were considered the degeneration of society. As impressionism rebelled against the classical structure of neoclassicism art, this self-portrait by Munch stands simultaneously rebellious and seemingly caught.
I created this image with a smoldering joint as cannabis legalization fights a parallel stigma.
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