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Sabine Pigalle and the revised classics


In a series titled “My Corona Days”, French artist Sabine Pigalle has revisited the masterpieces of painting realized by great masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and Jan Vermeer.

Digital artist and photographer from Rouen, Sabine Pigalle, after her university degree at La Sorbonne, took her first steps in the field of photographic art working in the studio of Helmut Newton, where she mostly dealt with fashion photography. In recent years she has committed to a personal research focused on the reinterpretation of myths, history, religion and paintings particularly of the Mannerism, Renaissance and the Flemish Primitives periods. Her creative intervention is based on the introduction of contemporary elements and stylistics features in the works of internationally best-known and appreciated great masters of painting.

The resulting effect is a revisiting of the work that sometimes gets to change its own identity or original meaning – for example changing the main character’s face in a portray. In this confinement period, French artist has worked on a series titled “My Corona days” where some contemporary symbolic objects (the face mask over all) have been included in some masterpieces. It’s the case of “Salvator Mundi”, attributed to Leonardo that appears equipped with all the Personal Protective Equipment. In the portrait of Dante Alighieri by Botticelli, “the Great Poet” wears a thin cloth face mask that slightly reveals his distinctive Roman nose. Last but not least, in the famous “Girl with Pearl Earring” the girl’s face disappears to highlight a face mask entirely made of pearls.

Above: Sabine Pigalle, “Pearl Harbor” (detail)