The complete collection of my antiquity inspired paitings dating back to 2010 when started the Imago series with portrait of ‘Antinoos de Richelieu’ (Musée du Louvre). Using different techniques I have produced a series which counts several ‘portraits’ of famous marbles from biggest collections. Once again working with a principle of notoriety just like Andy Warhol used to do I dove into the kind of a greek/roman revival very own to the XVIII-XIX century accademicians.
Historians describe him as a man who stands behind death of his father, as a murderer of his brother and a lover of his mother, Gibbon calls him “the common enemy of mankind”. Nevertheless his beautiful viril face express perfectly aesthetic of roman stone portrait and the military character of artistic inspiration in ancient Rome.
Herakles Farnese bust from Metropolitan museum, New York reflects the idea of red and black-figured pottery of ancient Greece.
Emperor Hadrian’s favourite and lover – a boy who became god: Antinoos.
A masterwork of antiquity, this time so called Kaufmann Head – a copy of Praxiteles’ Aphrodite of Cnidus in the Musée du Louvre. According to some scupltor’s muse – a courtesan named Phryne stood as a model to this statue of the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, patroness of lesbian/sapphic love – Aphrodite – the one who recevied from Paris a golden apple with inscrption: kallistēi (meaning to most beautiful one). This ancient deity present in various cultures does inspire poets, artists and musicians even today.