Caravaggio meets Seiwert

(On art and sexuality, rather than language.)

Following up on my Caravaggio posting (which looked at Amor Vincit Omnia, Boy With a Basket of Fruit, and Bacchino Malato as instances of homoeroticism in art), I turn now to the interpretations of these works by Amsterdam photographer and digital artist Harald Seiwert in his Inspired photoset.

Seiwert describes this work as

a homage (sometimes persiflage) of existing masterpieces of art, famous movie scenes and old record covers — with an all-male-cast. … These pages contain nudity (though no pornography).

Seiwert starts with originals that are already somewhat over-the-top (or extraordinarily famous) and then provides a gay male take on them. So for Amor, BoyBasket, and Bacchino, we get:

(The boy with the basket has become quite ethereally beautiful. Meanwhile, Cupid and Bacchus have gotten hunkier, with gazes even more knowing than in the originals. Still, for Seiwert, these images are fairly restrained; he’s inclined to broad, sometimes coarse, humor.)

Two more from the riches of Inspired: re-workings of Alexandre Cabanel’s Fallen Angel of 1868, and of Gabrielle D’Estrees et une de ses soeurs (c. 1594), by an unknown artist. First the extraordinary original and then Seiwert’s version:

(The legions of angels have vanished, and the fallen angel himself now sports a modern haircut, some tattoos, and gorgeous, really really big wings.)

(Interesting translation of the big hair. Note that the woman in the background has become a man.)

Seiwert’s earlier collection is Cumrades, which he labels MaleEroticPhotoArt. I’ll post about it on my X blog, with, eventually, some comments about what it might mean to label these works “erotic”.

2 Responses to “Caravaggio meets Seiwert”

  1. Marisol « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

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  2. Durell Douthit Says:

    An extraordinary blog, highly recommended by those interested in art history.

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