Emma Hamilton on an Escalator

February 8 2024

Image of Emma Hamilton on an Escalator

Picture: Alexey Kondakov via. thiscolossal.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I was rather intrigued to come across this article on the contemporary art platform thiscolossal.com recently. The piece focuses on the works of the contemporary Ukrainian born Alexey Kondakov, who likes to mix details from Old Masters into contemporary settings. Some of his experiments in what he has termed Art History in Contemporary Life are rather fun and amusing.

According to the article:

Kondakov primarily works with backgrounds he’s photographed throughout his native Kyiv and other European cities including Berlin, Milan, and Naples. Often laden with graffiti and modern conveniences like electric stovetops and vehicles, the harsh, urban settings counter the soft, angelic characteristics of the Old Masters. In one work, the spirited trio in Ferdinand Leeke’s “Fleeing Nymphs” dashes across a misty street, while another depicts Alexandre Cabanel’s “Desdemona” sitting unamused with two empty cocktails on the table in front of her.

Click on the link above to see more examples of his work.

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