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What if Renaissance painting figures were alive today?

By David Silverberg
Posted Jun 11, 2012 in Arts
I have to hand it to German artist Dorothee Golz. She knows how to arrest your attention, evidenced by this gallery of images showing a new take on an old subject: placing figures from Renaissance-era portraits into photographs of contemporary life.
You might be familiar with James Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Golz takes the iconic woman and throws some jeans on her and has her holding a teapot.
And Jesus Christ gets a modern makeover complete with leather jacket and crossed arms over the chest. The work looks practically seamless, as if she created the entire piece from scratch. She does an excellent job at blending her own manipulation with the original.
I always like when photographers and artist challenge themselves to rework classics, and Golz's work really resonates with me. It's jarring to see these Renaissance figures in modern-day settings but it's also wonderfully inventive. Love it!
See more of the photos from the set below, and let us know what you think. Do you like her treatment of these historical art legends? What is she trying to say about the art or these artists?
A.D. by Dorothee Golz
A.D. by Dorothee Golz
From Dorothee Golz
Punks Madonna by Dorothee Golz
Punks Madonna by Dorothee Golz
From Dorothee Golz



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