Renaissance Remix: Artists Add Their Spin

The Italian Renaissance painter known as the Master of Santo would surely have been intrigued if he had been able to see a new reinterpretation of one of his paintings, more than 500 years after his death. The era has provided plenty of inspiration for contemporary artists – the work of Jacob Burckhardt, for example – but still, the old master might have been taken aback that the reinterpreter is a street artist living in New York who has reassembled his image with cardboard. The original painting, Portrait of a Boy, by the master painter and draughtsman, whose full name is Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere, formerly known as the Master of Santo Spirito, is just one of several Renaissance works that have been reinterpreted in a collaboration between Sotheby’s auctioneers and the street art gallery Fat Free Art, based on New York’s Lower East Side.

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