Thursday, September 20The Voice of London

In Pictures: ‘If Art Could Talk’

All over the world, people enjoy spreading art through funny, witty methods that relate to events in our everyday life. By using sarcasm, we are able to speed the learning process of understanding art itself. We tried to reinterpret some of the paintings exhibited at the National Gallery

Words: Ludovica Parisi, Subeditor: Bea Renshaw

We live in a digital-era where new technologies often hold back our imagination and creativity. Nowadays, innovative stimuli is favoured over traditional art, enabling youngsters to develop their own skills without making use of advanced tools. Loss of expression is risked due to the infinite media platforms that convey their own messages, shaping the real purpose of either creating or observing art. Classical masterpieces that have contributed to our history are now considered irrelevant, compared to the multiform and immediate nature of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube.

For such reason, the idea of ‘If Art Could Talk’ is to re-absorb art into everyday life. Giving us the opportunity to interpret some of the most influential paintings of all time, can make such a beneficial impact for our generation. 

This project connects historical expression with modern appreciation through humour. By creating a story line in our mind, based on what an artist could have possibly been thinking whilst painting, would add to the level of enjoyment of these masterpieces. A new and enjoyable process of learning about art is now created.

We went to the National Gallery and tried to reinterpret some of the paintings exhibited there. It was fun using our imagination to re-create personal everyday experiences on canvas:

Painting: ‘Noli me tangere’ by Tiziano ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘La Schiavona’ by Tiziano ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Christ taking leave of his mother’ by Wolf Huber ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘The Trinity and Mystic Pieta’ by Hans Baldung Grien ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Mary Magdalene’ by Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of Her Sons’ by Pierre Mignard ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Christ Presented to the People’ by After Correggio ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘The Vendramin Family’ by Tiziano ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Portrait of Susanna Lunden’ by Peter Paul Rubens ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Hamlet holding a skull’ by Frans Hals ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘Portrait Of Aechje Claesdr’ by Rembrandt ; Source: Ludovica Parisi


Painting: ‘St. George and The Dragon’ by Tintoretto ; Source: Ludovica Parisi