Vagina For Sale
The work is a research through reappropriation into commodification of a female body throughout the history of art. The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.
The Venus of Urbino is a painting portraying a nude young woman, traditionally identified with the goddess Venus, reclining on a couch or bed in the sumptuous surroundings of a Renaissance palace. In this depiction, Titian has domesticated Venus by moving her to an indoor setting, engaging her with the viewer, and making her sensuality explicit. Devoid as it is of any classical or allegorical trappings — Venus displays none of the attributes of the goddess she is supposed to represent — the painting is sensual and unapologetically erotic.
Each sticker was carefully selected and placed strategically to unveil a fact about a painting.
La Maja Desnuda by Francisco Goya was «the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art» without pretense to allegorical or mythological meaning.
For instance, ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ is a reference to a second version of the painting La Maja Vestida by Goya.
The Venus of Urbino was one of the inspirations for Édouard Manet’s 1863 Olympia, in which the figure of Venus is replaced with the model Victorine Meurent. What shocked contemporary audiences was not Olympia’s nudity, nor the presence of her fully clothed maid, but her confrontational gaze and a number of details identifying her as a demi-mondaine or prostitute.
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