Andy Warhol, ‘Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon (FS II.324)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery

Warhol’s larger portfolio entitled “Details in Renaissance Paintings” include several paintings in which Warhol transforms with his own signature style. One of them being Paolo Uccello’s St. George and the Dragon. Warhol recreated this painting into a screenprint of four, using different color combinations to add individuality to each print. Paolo Uccello St. George and the Dragon 324 showcases bold colors with a red-tone film that covers the whole print. This gives it a more Pop art and unique feel to the print. By focusing on the damsel’s upper body and one of the dragon’s wings, Warhol was able to extract this portion from the larger whole so as to emphasize the detailing in his print.

Series: Warhol wanted to refurbish Italian Renaissance paintings into Pop art prints with bold colors. However, by producing many prints of different color combinations with the help of the screenprinting process, Warhol’s pieces became more commercialized. By focusing on specific parts of the original work, Warhol extracted his prints from the original context and meaning. This forced his audience to look at his prints separate from the original paintings, in a Pop art perspective. Despite Warhol’s intent to strip his works from the painting’s original context, he still honored and respected the works of the great artists of the Renaissance era.

Signature: Edition of 50, 12 AP, 5 PP, 4 HC, signed and numbered in pencil lower left.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York