Then and Now: Chadwick & Spector Recreate Classic Paintings on Human Skin

Look a little closer, for what you’re about to see are some recreations of historic art works by artistic duo Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector not on canvas or any inanimate object, but on a living, breathing, human body.

Laura Spector (left) and Chadwick Gray (right). Photo by Chadwick & Spector

_Museum Anatomy_, as described in Chadwick & Spector’s artists' statement, is “a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body.” With Chadwick usually serving as the “canvas” and Spector the painter, the two set off on creating works that “[go] through a significant process until reaching the final outcome,” that is, a photo of a portion of Chadwick’s body covered in an elaborately-done painting.

Among the painters whose works Chadwick & Spector have reimagined were Sir Peter Lely, Peter Paul Rubens, Riminaldi, Pablo Picasso, Jacob Jordeans, Sandro Botticelli, and Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

From top: Guernica (1937) by Picasso, Head of Medusa (1615) by Peter Paul Rubens, Madeline de France, Queen of Scotland (1536) by Corneille de Lyon, Nell Gwynne as St. Catherine (1675) by Sir Peter Lely, The Fall of Adam (1479) by Hugo van der Goes, and Water (1566) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Photos via Chadwick & Spector

The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context. – Chadwick & Spector

All information in this article were sourced from Chadwick & Spector's website.

written by chooolss on 2014-01-09 in #lifestyle #museum-anatomy #then-and-now #chadwick-spector

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