Time for a little quiz for all those who consider themselves the experts in Old Masters! We will show you photographs made by Cindy Sherman, a contemporary American photographer, which reference famous portraits from art history.
Untitled #224, 1990
Cindy Sherman’s photographs focus on inventing personas or tableaus that examine the construction of identity, the nature of representation (especially female!), and the artifice of photography.
Untitled #216, 1989
Sherman always prepares her images from scratch as she assumes the multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, and stylist.
Untitled #205, 1989
Sherman works in series, with each being self-contained and internally coherent, but all of them are at the same time connected by recurring themes such as the grotesque, the mythical, or gender and class identity.
Untitled #228, 1990
Her “History Portrait” or “Old Masters” series of thirty-five photographs blends Post-Modern consciousness with timeless masterpieces (or tropes that they represent) of European masters. She created the series during the years 1989 and 1990 while she was living in Rome, but as she recalled: When I was doing those history pictures I was living in Rome but never went to the churches and museums there. I worked out of books, with reproductions. Is this why they all bear a disquieting quality? For their open artificiality and unsettling use of props?
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