Wednesday, December 30, 2009

History's Makeover

Art is always interesting when it references something or someone we all know of.  On the surface, the works might seem a bit kitschy but they really call for deeper interpretation.  Adding a romantic sort of Etsy imperfection to realistic portraits, Christa Palazzolo transformed historical figures from their respected and untouchable images to fashionable personalities.  Each face looks familiar, like one we've seen in a magazine (you can agree or disagree with what I make of each portrait). Palazzolo's oil and acrylic paintings reflect just how a model might pose for a photoshoot, sending a disturbing message of who we admire and consider our idols.  Beauty is skin-deep but unfortunately, that might be all one needs to succeed.

This would be Lara Stone if the skinny pressure got really bad and she actually lost weight.

Okay, someone remind me who Mary Magdalene is...I remember her name from The Da Vinci Code.  She sort of looks like Eugenia Mandzhieva here.

THAT IS SO LILY COLE!  And they're both British so the resemblance makes even more sense! 

Uh, I don't know, does anyone read Playboy?  Also, Madame Curie must be rolling in her grave in response to this.

Sandra Bullock!!  Not a fashion model...but doesn't this look like her?

Alyona Osmanova as a redhead.

Hmm...I don't know, this gal seems like she belongs in the '40s.

This is easy...Naomi Cambell, of course! Except she looks fit to be the First Lady with that hair and coat.  Also can't leave out those conservative pearl earrings.

Images: Christa Palazzolo


Anonymous said...

i think that earhart looks more like leighton meester

Shopper said...

These portraits are just great!

Michele said...

Nice pictures!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Those are some interesting juxtapositions. Mary Magdalene is a Biblical figure--a reformed Christian who became one of Jesus's female disciples (there were many documented in the Bible). The Da Vinci Code said Mary was Jesus's lover and gave birth to his child...

AsianCajuns (Lauren) said...

These are awesome, Lucy! Thanks for sharing these! I'm going to her etsy site now!

AsianCajuns (Lauren) said...

Durrr... I see I misread the Etsy reference- tehehe! I thought these looked too amazing to be possible bought/browsed-to-be-bought by moi ;)