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Untitled (Medusa Marinara)

Accession Number
1999/1.108

Title
Untitled (Medusa Marinara)

Artist(s)
Vik Muniz

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1999

Medium & Support
photograph on glazed porcelain

Dimensions
12 ½ in x 12 ½ in x 1 ¼ in (31.75 cm x 31.75 cm x 3.18 cm);12 ½ in x 12 ½ in x 1 ¼ in (31.75 cm x 31.75 cm x 3.18 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation

Subject matter
In this work, Vik Muniz humorously appropriates the head of Medusa from Caravaggio’s c. 1597 painting of the snake-haired Gorgon from Greek mythology. Muniz often recreates a well-known image from art history in an untraditional medium, such as sugar, thread, chocolate syrup, or, as in this work, pasta and marinara sauce, and then photographs the final creation. For this creation, Muniz then transposed the photograph on to a ceramic plate. The swriling pasta noodles cleverly describe Medusa's head of snakes and the blood from Caravaggio's painting is rendered in marinara sauce.

Physical Description
A photograph of a female head made of pasta and marinara sauce printed on a porcelain plate. On verso, the plate is numbered "39;" it is labeled part of "The Peter Norton Family Christmas Project" and dated 1999; the manufacturer is labeled "Made in Bernardaud in Limoges, France;" and, below, it reads "Lead Free Dishwasher Safe."

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ceramic

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Serpentes (suborder)
art history
food
gorgons
heads (representations)
mythology (literary genre)
myths (literary documents)
plates (timepiece components)