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Rafael and Titian on the catwalk: Dolce & Gabbana brand presented dresses with masterpieces of the Renaissance

"Judith" Giorgione - from sequins. Titian - instead of a hat. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana dedicated their new couture collection of Italian painting.In the Milan Palace Litta showed a collection consisting of 210 outfits - female and male. Not all, but many costumes are built around reproductions of Renaissance paintings reproduced in different ways - mink fur, embroidery, tapestry. There were also reproductions of paintings as accessories - the models carried them in their hands and on their heads. Masterpieces from the Hermitage, the Louvre, the Dresden Gallery and other major museums moved to the dresses.
Below are the paintings cited in the attire shown in the photo above:Sistine MadonnaRafael Santi1513, 269.5 × 201 cmJudithGorgeon 1504, 144 × 68 cmBacchus and Ariadna Titsian Vechelio 1523, 176.5 × 191 cmLady with an ermine. Cecilia (Cecilia) GalleraniLeonardo da Vinci1480th, 54.8 × 40.3 cm Among other greats, the Duke of Lodovik Sforza was remembered at the show, during the reign of which the Duchy of Milan achieved outstanding success. The duke invited Leonardo da Vinci to Milan as an engineer and architect, but he took up paint brushes: Cechilia Gallerani, depicted in the “Lady with an Ermine” portrait, was one of the Duke's favorites. And the second favorite of this active man was Lucretia Crivelli - according to the most common version, it is she who is depicted in the famous female portrait known as the “Beautiful Ferroniere” (now he is considered to be the work not of da Vinci himself, but of some of his students).
  • Men's jacket with a portrait of the Duke Sforza.
  • Fragment of the Altar of Sforza by an unknown artist with a portrait of the Duke of Lodovico Sforza. 1490s
  • Show Dolce & Gabbana. 2018
  • Beautiful Ferronera. 1490s
It is only at first glance it may seem that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana desecrated the high art of the Renaissance, retelling it in the language of velvet and sequins. What between the pictures of da Vinci and photos from the fashion show, replicated in social networks - the abyss. But the portraits of Chechiliya Gallerani and Lucretia Crivelli are also written in order to capture their most modern dresses, hairstyles, decorations. Would the Duke of Sforza have Instagram on it - he would certainly have posted there both his beauties and himself. A sensible fashion designer at the duke and then was: costumes for court performances developed by da Vinci, who himself was known as a great mod. Read also: Painting and fashion: Gauguin on the back? Dolce and Gabbana demonstrated a deep knowledge of the works that they decided to quote in his collections. Pay attention to the pearl tears on the face of the model, which showed a furry remake of the “Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni” by Domenico Ghirlandaio. She "cries" not only because it is beautiful. Behind the portrait is a sad story.Giovanna Tornabuoni died 19 years old, in childbirth. Some researchers believe that the date on the portrait is the date of her death, and the portrait was written after Giovanna was no more. And, probably, was ordered by inconsolable relatives.Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni Domenico Ghirlandaio 1488, 50 × 76 cmWe worked on this collection for a long time. It all started with an idea, then an emotion that we wanted to convey appeared, and research began. We visited museums, looked at pictures, and gradually everything in our heads came together. Italian art is a world heritage and we are happy to give it a new life. Domenico Dolce Let us see what other works brought Dolce and Gabbana to the podium:

Sandro Botticelli. The Annunciation (1485)

Sandro Botticelli. Madonna and Child (1467)

Raphael. Three Graces. 1505

Piero della Francesca. Baptism of the Lord (1450)

The press calls this Dolce & Gabbana show a fashionable lesson on the history of painting. We suggest you pass a small test. Guess whose paintings are reproduced on these catwalk outfits:Hint: the names of three authors were mentioned in this material earlier, and the fourth Italian is no longer Renaissance painting, but Mannerism.
Correct answers: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Delving into the history of painting, the designers have not forgotten about modern trends. The collection featured coral-colored costumes, which the Pantone Color Institute announced the main color of 2019 a few days before the show.
See a selection of Arthive with coral on the canvases of great artists.

Arthive: read us in the Telegram and look at InstagramPhotographs from the Dolce & Gabbana show: the official brand page on Instagram, vogue.com
The author: Natalia Kandaurova