|Madonna and Child, 1513, |
|Madonna and St. Anne, 1510,|
Leonardo da Vinci
|Quentin Matsys engraved by Jan Wierix|
It has become quite a sport these days among digital artists to choose an ancient classic painting by a highly regarded master, then satirize it by changing it in some way. That may mean changing the setting, maybe by inserting the face of a familiar pop icon, or by some other means desecrating the original image. In general, I hate such creative endeavors, although I'll have to admit they are sometimes quite clever and amusing. Likewise, I'd be the first to defend their place (however lowly) in the world of art. They meet the definition--they communicate a message, and they do so with at least a modicum of creativity. Most I would definitely not term "good" art, but the quality of a piece art does not (and should not) determine it's status as art. It might startle some today that there is really not much new in this type of work. It's simply easier today, requiring less skill, and thus it had proliferated to a much greater degree than in the past when the Flemish painter Quentin Matsys indulged in such satire.
|The Money Lender and his Wife, 1514, Quentin Matsys.|
|The Grotesque Old Woman 15|
|Rest on the Flight to Egypt, 1513, Quentin Matsys|
|Christ on the Cross with Donors, 1560, Quentin Matsys,|
(apparently completed after the artist's death).
|Ecce Homo, 1515, Quentin Matsys|
|Saint Jerome, Quentin Matsys. Note the pointing index finger, an item he may |
have picked up from Leonardo. It can also be found in the painting below.
|The Fool, early 16th-century, Quentin Matsys.|
LOL, LOL, LOL.