First one of the series, the ‘Grand Imago’ is a portrait of ‘Antinoos de Richelieu’ (Musée du Louvre) a XVII century copy of roman marble.
Octavius Aurgustus (2012)
Behind this painting stands a famous statue Augustus di Prima Porta (Musei Vaticani, Rome) and the bronze copy of this famous marble in Sana Lucia quarter Naples.
The virgin goddess: Athena. This is the helmeted representation of her from Venician Archeological collection of Museo Correr.
Conserved in Vatican museums the worldfamous roman marble depicturing the greek Sun God in sophisticated contrapposto: Belvedere Apollo is a symbol of aesthetic perfection, ideal canon, a standard of western conception of beauty. This copy of Leochares’ marble was discovered in central Italy 1489. You can non just overlook it when wallking in Octagonal court of Pio-Clementino part of the museums; together with Laocoon it represents the Best of the Pio-Clementino collection.
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.