Inspired by Caravaggio’s painting from 1603, Death of the Virgin, Nudity Post-Baroque is my bitter love letter to classic painting. Caravaggio’s original painting was shown briefly in galleries due to the rumour that he had used a sex worker to pose as the Virgin Mary. Fascinated with the use of the feminine body as decoration, I aimed to create a piece reminiscent of old masters, while bringing the subject and display into the contemporary. By contorting the subject’s spine, I intend to subtly disrupt the male gaze while simultaneously leaning into the sex appeal that makes images like these so popular.
digital photograph edited with Photoshop, printed on canvas and strecthed over 5' x 3' wooden frame.