What do Sandro Botticelli and Naomi Campbell have in common? If you’re thinking the answer is nothing then I'm afraid you’re wrong. But you can easily find out what it is after the jump.
This man here is Sandro Botticelli. He was an Italian painter born sometime around 1445. In 1475 he included this portrait of himself in a painting of the Adoration of the Magi. About ten years later he’d paint The Birth of Venus, his most famous piece, and this painting of Mars and Venus:
What he probably didn’t know back then is that this other man here, approximately 500 years later, would take both tableaux and reinterpret them.
Born in 1963, American photographer David LaChapelle has given the world many an image bursting with colour. He’s shot everyone from Pamela Anderson to Uma Thurman to Elton John and Kurt Cobain. His often ‘outrageous’ images include bombastically kitsch sets and naked bodies.
As a matter of fact, he’s shot Naomi Campbell in the nude several times but in the case of here, in his Rape of Africa, 2007, true to the original Mars and Venus by Botticelli, she is clothed.
In the case of the Birth of Venus, again true to the original, it is quite the opposite and both females are pretty much flaunting their birthday suits and not making much of a fuss about it.
What do you think? Which of the two do you prefer? Do you stick to the originals or the contemporary versions? Personally I think I’d go for the 15th century ones but what are your views?