Fernando Botero and His Remakes of Classic Masterpieces
min Read19 April 2022
I must tell you something in secret – I love Fernando Botero’s works. Many of his works were inspired by classic art. Or maybe “inspiration” is the wrong word here. For me, Botero paints remakes of famous artworks. Just look at these marvelous examples of Fernando Botero’s masterpieces.
There is something really interesting in his paintings. This Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, born in Medellín in 1932, has his signature style, also known as “Boterismo“.
“Boterismo” depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volumes, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America, and his art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
1. La Fornarina after Raphael
2. La Menina after Velasquez
La Menina is a portrait of Infanta Margaret Theresa of Spain. This is inspired by Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, one of the most mysterious group portraits in art history. You can read all about it here.
3. The Arnolfini Portrait after Van Eyck
Next up on our list of Fernando Botero’s masterpieces, we have the Arnolfini Portrait. The decoration of the room is slightly less detailed than in the original version, nevertheless, it contains all the important symbolic items: the mirror, the dog, the shoes, and the oranges.
4. Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière after Ingres
In Botero’s version of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, we can fully focus on the portrayed woman, as there is no landscape in the background. She is so chic with her white fur stole and gloves! Definitely a fashion inspiration.
5. Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza after Piero della Francesca
This is a double masterpiece. Inspired by a diptych by an Italian master Piero della Francesca, but have you noticed something different? Botero decided to place Battista Sforza on the right side and Federico da Montefeltro on the left side of the diptych, contrary to Francesca. I wonder what inspired this shift.
7. Honeysuckle Bower after Peter Paul Rubens
Rubens was one of the most successful artists of his time. His workshop hired many artists as the artworks were in high demand, everyone wanted to have a Rubens at home. In this portrait, he is depicted with his first wife Isabella Brant who unfortunately died at the age of 34 after contracting the plague. In this portrait, the pair sits in the bower of honeysuckle, a traditional symbol of love.
8. Mona Lisa after Leonardo da Vinci
Last on our list, but certainly not least, is Botero’s Mona Lisa. His own version of the most famous portrait in the world. I have a question for you, and please be honest, which Gioconda do you prefer?
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