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The New New World Portraits

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Partendo da una serie di ritratti famosi custoditi nei musei fiorentini, attraverso un impatto visivo forte, persone di diverse culture nell’iconografia conosciuta della ritrattistica rinascimentale. Personaggi di vitale importanza per la storia fiorentina, vengono raffigurati fotograficamente mantenendo invariata l’iconografia classica del dipinto originale mentre il soggetto fotografato verrà scelto per la sua differenza etnica e per il suo contributo alla Firenze moderna. L’obiettivo è di avvicinare la cultura fiorentina, attraverso il suo momento di massimo splendore, alla ricchezza culturale apportata dagli extracomunitari. Il Nuovo Nuovo Mondo pone una domanda: “Se questi ritratti fossero eseguiti oggi, quali sarebbero i soggetti di grande valore e arricchimento per Firenze?”
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  • “Amerigo Vespucci brought us this far, our destiny is to go beyond!” Ferdinando Magellano, 1520

    The New New World asks the question: “If the original portraits were painted today, who would be the subjects...who contributes the most value and enrichment to Florence.”

    Taking inspiration from a series of famous portraits from Florentine museums, by means of strong visual impact, Abouzeid created portraits in the classic iconography of the renaissance artists using as models representatives of numerous diverse cultures.

    Figures of vital importance to Florentine History are reinterpreted photographically maintaining unchanged the style and feel of the original painting with the photographic subject chosen from the different ethnic groups for their contribution to modern Florence. The objective is to span the Florentine culture from its greatest moment of splendor to the current Cultural Revolution thanks in large part to cultural integration and immigrants.

    The final works used only limited post production to correct contrasts and color fidelity.  The originals work and modern twin are considered one work comprised of two canvases.  The collection comprises 10 works (20 canvases).  One of five collections.
     
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico (Mark Abouzeid 2012)
    Photographic print on stretched canvas with a varnish glaze.
    50cm x 65cm

    Agnolo di Cosimo detto il Bronzino, Ritratto di Lorenzo il Magnifico de’ Medici, 1565-1569.
    Su concessione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali.
    Lorenzo il Magnifico (1449 –1492)

    model: Andre Halyard, aka Dre Love (born in Queens New York,USA) fashion consultant, musician, singer.   
  • Girolamo Savonarola (Mark Abouzeid 2012)
    Photographic print on stretched canvas with a varnish glaze.
    50cm x 65cm

    Fra’ Bartolomeo, Ritratto di Girolamo Savonarola,1498 ca.
    Su concessione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali.
    Girolamo Savonarola (1452 –1498)

    model: Mihaly Gera Bela (born in  Maka, Hungary) manager of ristorante Borgo Antico.

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