Classic paintings put into another perspective


The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporaryThe Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer (left) and Ringoism by Dave Macdowell (right).

Some works of famous painters as Van Gogh, Vermeer and Rembrandt take new lines and colors. Can it be possible? For London Miles, a British Gallery, yes, indeed. In November, 2010, this place released "The Idol Hours" exposition -- an interesting exhibition of classic paintings reinterpreted by contemporary artists. Among the re-read paintings are "The Kiss", by Klimt, "Starry Night", by Van Gogh and "The Birth of Venus", by Botticelli.

This gallery was brave, as many people disagree on reinterpreting classics because they consider that such action diminishes the original works and their original authors as well.

For Tina Ziegler, London Miles Gallery's curator, the theme of this exposition is delicate, and that's why she was very careful on dealing with this. At first, as she was conscious that there are artists who doesn't like to receive an invitation for recreating another work. And also because they would have to face the public's challenge on recognizing that's about to be an homage, and not a denial, to the classics.

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
Canon of Anger by Dave Pressler

Of course they are masterpieces and the first impression of reproducing them with other techniques and perspectives sounds polemic and puts everything on an uncomfortable zone. But, after observing the new versions, the feelings change. There are interesting contrasts between artistic techniques of a digital era and techniques that come from a candlelight time. The artists re-read the works that once inspired them, and each recreation is full of personality, on an unpresuming and full-of-humor mood.
According to Tina, the response of the public as extremely positive, and the exhibition attracted diverse ages. The gallery and the artists who were participating became satisfied with the result.
Dave Pressler, for instance, presented his re-reading of "Vitruvian Man", by Leonardo Da Vinci, and tells that this work was challenging, but also fun to be done.

You can find out more re-readings at London Miles website.

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
The Anatomy Lesson by Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classico contemporaneo
The Anatomy Lesson de Dr. Nicolaes Tulp por Scott Campbell

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
The Rebirth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classico contemporaneo
The Rebirth of Venus work of Sandro Botticelli by Jenny Bhatt

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
The Sphinx by Fernand Khnopff

The Idol Hours London Miles painting classic contemporary
The Sphinx work of Fernand Khnopff by Zoe Lacchei

Sources of the original paintings: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
The images of the contemporary paintings were provided by their own authors.


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