Gorgon-Russ-Ritell-Oil-Painter

Gorgon
4×5′
Oil on Canvas

“Gorgon”, emulates the artist Caravaggio’s composition & lighting by referencing and “contemporizing” the subject matter from his painting The Crowning with Thorns. In Gorgon the tattooist is actually branding the subject with a Caravaggio image. The Medusa head (or Gorgon) on his shoulder gives homage to the artist and acts as an “inside joke” or a direct clue referencing the original painting.

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