May 25, 2012

'The Royal Dozen'--Alexia Sinclair's Magnificent Portraits of Some of the Most Influential Men in History

Artist’s Statement

Princes, warlords, dandies and diplomats take the stage to form a lavish series of portraits titled The Royal Dozen. Through the study of nobility in history and portraiture, multimedia artist Alexia Sinclair has produced twelve innovative artworks formed from thousands of photographs and illustrations.

Legends of the lives of the nobles continue to captivate us today, from the pampered decadence of Louis XIV to the epic legend of Alexander the Great. Other rulers who also form this series are less renowned yet equally intriguing. An unusual blend of Royalty, their selection was based on their contrasts in leadership, their flamboyance and their enduring influence upon society.

Traveling the globe photographing architecture and landscapes, Sinclair returned to Australia to hand make bespoke costuming for each portrait. Photographing role‐playing models and props in the studio, she then meticulously stitched together her photographs and hand illustrations like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle.

In the style of the renaissance masters, Sinclair weaves a myriad of delicious symbols and motifs into each portrait, allowing each story to unfold. Exploring the complexities of the famous, the infamous and the obscure, these portraits celebrate historical realities within the guise of contemporary fantasy, a kind of conversation between the past and present.

Once again Alexia Sinclair has outdone herself with this magnificent work. I was first introduced to Sinclair's creations via her series of beautiful and exquisite digital portraits of twelve of the most influential women in European history called The Royal Twelve which was featured in Lunatica Desnuda previously. Enjoy!

Marquis de Sade – “The Sadist” (1740–1814)

Genghis Khan – “The Mongol Warrior” (1162–1227)

Lorenzo de' Medici – “The Magnificent” (1449–1492)

Charles II – “The Merrie Monarch” (1630-1685)

Vlad Draculea – “Son of the Dragon” (1431-1476)

Alexander the Great – “Son of Zeus” (356–323 bc)

Peter Romanov – “The Great” (1672–1725

Hannibal – “Grace of Baal” (247–182 bc)

Pope Alexander VI – “The Borgia Pope” (1431 –1503)

Shah Jahan – “King of the World” (1592 –1666)

Louis XIV – “The Sun King” (1638–1715)

Napoleon Bonaparte – “Emperor of the French” (1769–1821)

Alexia Sinclair

May 13, 2012

Rihanna's Naked Breasts Painted in Crocodile Skin for her Latest Video

Make-up artists plastered the reptilian additions across the singer’s naked chest and back for her latest video Where Have You Been?.

The Talk That Talk star is seen emerging from a murky swamp to plug her new single Where Have You Been.

The steamy jungle-themed video also features Rihanna in a long black wig, headpiece, wooden bangles and beads. What do you guys think?

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May 11, 2012

Striking Likeness of Sylvester Stallone Spotted on 500 Year Old Raphael Masterpiece

Harvard student Anthony Zonfrell, 20, who was on vacation in Italy with his family made an amusing discovery on one of Old Master Raphael paintings: The Ivy League student discovered the likeness of actor Sylvester Stallone, best known for playing boxing underdog Rocky, on the background of a 1511 Raphael painting called The Cardinal and Theological Virtues which features Pope Gregory IX approving new Papal laws.

Zonfrell said, “My cousin had told us about how she had seen it when she went, so we were on the lookout. As soon as we saw the painting, we knew it was him. My whole family thought it was hilarious. It could actually be a portrait of Stallone.”

Looking at that particular "Rocky" photo of Stallone side by side with the subject on the painting, it is definitely inevitable to see a hilarious resemblance. Who knew that Stallone was that old?

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May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak's Beautiful "Where the Wild Things Are" Slide Video Narrated by the Late Author

Children's book author Maurice Sendak passed away today. This is an entertaining 5 minute 52 second video of the late author narrating an abbreviated version of his famous children's book "Where the Wild Things Are".

May 3, 2012

Famous Paintings Recreated on the Human Body--Chadwick and Spector's Amazing "Museum Anatomy"

These deliciously fantastic images by Chadwick and Spector take body painting to a whole new level of fantasy, magic and sheer excellence; they are a bona fide feast to the eyes and to the imagination. These human paintings are part of a creative effort called "Museum Anatomy" which seeks to impart fresh life to and recreate famous works of art by such masters as Rubens, Picasso, Botticelli and others on the human body. I'd say the result is simply masterful!

Lamentation of Christ, Botticelli 1495/96

The Lamentation of Christ Detail of Mary Magdalene and the Feet of Christ after Botticelli

Leda and the Swan By Correggio 1532

Leda and the Swan after Correggio

Picasso's Weeping Woman 1937

Crying Woman after Picasso

The Head of Medusa by Rubens circa 1615

Head of Medusa after Rubens

Saint Mary Magdalene by Carlo Dolci 1660

Saint Mary Magdalene after Carlo Dolci

Cleopatra's Feast by Jordaens 1653

Cleopatra's Feast after Jordaens 2

Joan of Arc, Rossetti 1882

Joan of Arc after Rossetti

Madeline de France 1536 by Corneille De Lyon

Madeline de France Queen of Scotland after Corneille De Lyon

Guernica by Picasso 1937

Guernica after Picasso

Sappho Prayer to Aphrodite by Margaritis 1845

Sappho Praying to Aphrodite after Margaritis

Lanna Woman Wat Umong