Last minute addition to the Easter weekend itinerary: Warhol’s 40 piece exhibition at the Gigli. Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol became known as one of the leading figures of the pop-art movement. His influence on contemporary art and his inspiration for his creations extended far beyond the U.S, as he went on to assimilate even some of Italy’s greatest renaissance masters into his work. In the series, Details of the Renaissance, Warhol drew from Paolo Uccello’s St. George and the Dragon ( c.1470), Leonardo’s The Annunciation (1472-1475), and even Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1482), which had been commissioned by the Medici family. Yet, rather then out of reverence to these masterpieces, Warhol’s chooses to use them in order to make a social commentary on how we consume works of art, including those from over 500 years ago. With a cut here, and a dash of color there, Warhol creates fetishized knock-offs to signal the commodification of the art industry–in fact, Sotheby’s sold his “Birth of Venus (After Botticelli)” for a mere 5,458,500 USD. For more info, check out the Gigli website here:http://igigli.it/evento/mostra-pop-art-andy-warhol The exhibition finishes on the 12th.
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