Michelangelo Pistoletto

Venus of the Rags
, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 1967, 1974, Photo: © Tate, London 2013

Venus of the Rags juxtaposes an over-life sized classical statue of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, with a large pile of brightly coloured, discarded clothes that are heaped on the floor. The Venus statue is positioned with its back to the viewer. The figure’s face and body press lightly against the pile of fabrics that rises up before it, so that the front of the statue is hidden.

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