Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Installation Shots from "A Matter of Light" Palazzo Reale, Milano Through July 1st, 2018

Here are some installation shots of my images in the exhibition. The nine figures are from Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling and Last Judgment. It is a compressed version of Genesis and The Last Judgment, where Eve is in the center taking the apple, and the figures in the top row are ascending, the center row are in limbo, and the bottom row are descending.

The portraits in the grid above are taken from the Quattrocento frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, and others, which line the walls of the Sistine Chapel below Michelangelo's ceiling.

The curators, Alessandra Mauro and Micol Forti, asked me to compare the Cinquecento work of Michelangelo with the Quattrocento work of the Florentine painters. At first I was baffled as to what they meant, but eventually I came up with an idea. The men in the Quattrocento portraits are meant to refer to civic humanism and good government, the ideals of the Florentine Renaissance, while the women are depicted as ephemeral visions of feminine grace. The flattened imagery in the grid refers back to Giotto and the Medieval, in contrast to the contorted, emotional figures of Michelangelo that prefigure the Mannerism and the Baroque.

The curators were challenged to install the exhibition without changing any of the rooms in the beautiful Palazzo Reale, so instead they changed the lighting to a dramatic chiaroscuro, which created a spectacular effect and made my c-prints look like they were in a lightbox.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Exhibition in the Palazzo Reale, Milano

A few years ago I was invited to shoot in the Sistine Chapel as part of a special project in which nine photographers were invited to document their personal vision of the Vatican Museums. 
The exhibition of this project will be in the Palazzo Reale in Milan from May 24th through July 1st.

I am the only American in the exhibition and I was honored to work in the Sistine Chapel. I was assigned to appropriate the images of Michelangelo and transform them using my unique process in the manner of my Renaissance portfolio.

Friday, April 27, 2018

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