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Scoria dell’Arte

Woody Allen con Canestro di Frutta – from Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio (c.1593), feat. Woody Allen

Have you ever wondered if the great masters of modern art had lived today? What would be the models of reference for their works and how would they represent the reality, people or personalities of our times? Would these artists have succeeded in reaching the fame that distinguishes them today or perhaps their name would have ended up in oblivion, outclassed by the fleeting notoriety of the subjects immortalized in their paintings? Obviously we can not know … But by enriching history, the course of events and biographies, the modern world with its idols, contradictions, vices and bad habits, can become the reference context for Leonardo’s genius or for the calm composure by Raphael.

Scoria dell’Arte, by Frida L. V. Vargas, from Italy, reproduces the fictional life of those who have dedicated their lives to show us the True through Beauty. History — Storia — is already distorted in the name, becoming Scoria — Scum … of Art, intended as the waste, the residue of creative production. Images and fragments of a reality that, like lapilli, are projected into the world during the artistic explosion.

L’assenzio (Il McDonald’s) – from L’Absinthe by Edgar Degas (1875-1876)
Robert de Niro in Military Costume – from An Old Man in Military Costume by Rembrandt (c. 1630-1631), feat. Robert de Niro
La Ludopatia di San Tommaso – feat. The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (c. 1601–1602)
The Summer of Mary Magdalen – from Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy by Caravaggio (1606)
Thisbe at the Overlook Hotel – from Thisbe by John William Waterhouse (1909), feat. Wendy Torrance from The Shining (1980)
Cutting of the Pizza – from Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio (c. 1603)
In the Closet – from Melissa Warner Rothblum’s My Favourite Room, feat. After the Bath by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1875)
Ritratto di Dama in posa italica – from La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo da Vinci (1490–1496)
San Giovanni Battista alla consolle – from Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio (1603-1604)
Sete del Mattino – from La Soif (Thirst) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1886)
Herodias at the Cafe – from Cafe Window by Clem Onojeghuo, feat. Herodias with the head of the Baptist by Francesco Cairo (1634-1635)

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