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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shield with the head of Medusa by Caravaggio (1597)




She - or he, as Caravaggio’s model is a male youth - is portrayed in the very moment of self-recognition. This is both a horrific and horrified image, as the eyes of the gorgon are fixed forever on the terrible realisation of who he or she is.
This recognition is so devastating that it has destroyed Medusa’s connection with reality, with the body, with any external context. There is nothing here but a head, severed but still conscious, an image of one of the great nightmares, that of the decapitated head aware of its disembodied condition.
Blood pours from it in thick streaks. The mouth is a cave with teeth bared, leading into the terrible prison of the head. Most odiously real of all is the mane of writhing serpents: not vague fancies but accurately observed.
Caravaggio was commissioned to make this monstrosity as a gift for the Grand Duke of Tuscany; conceived to enter the Medici collection in Florence, it would enable Caravaggio to compete with Leonardo da Vinci, by this time dead for 80 years.
This painting decorates a convex wooden shield, surely alluding to a story about the young Leonardo, whose father once asked him to decorate a shield. Leonardo went into the fields, collected snakes, lizards and insects, and assembled them into a hybrid monster which he painted on the shield.
The tale of Leonardo’s monster is about art and power: decorating a warlike object, the artist imposes his imagination on the world, creates an image with disturbing power. That is what Caravaggio does here.

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