Vik Muniz, ‘Caravaggio's Medusa (Medusa Marinara)’, 1999, Artware Editions

Caravaggio's Medusa (Medusa Marinara)
designed 1999
cast porcelain
12½" diameter
limited edition

Caravaggio’s Medusa (Medusa Marinara) features an image of Muniz’s recreation of Caravaggio’s Medusa (1590, Gallerica degli Uffizi, Florence) rendered in pasta marinara. The pasta “drawing” was then photographed and digitally printed on this porcelain plate fabricated in France. This sought-after edition was published by the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project in 1999.

Signature: Stamped on verso.

Manufacturer: Bernardaud

About Vik Muniz

Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Layered appropriation is a consistent theme in Muniz’s work: in 2008, he undertook a large-scale project in Brazil, photographing trash-pickers as figures from emblematic paintings, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical Death of Marat, and then recreating the photographs in large-scale arrangements of trash. The project was documented in the 2010 film Waste Land in an attempt to raise awareness for urban poverty. Muniz explained the work as a “step away from the realm of fine art,” wanting instead to “change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

Brazilian, b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil, based in New York & Rio de Janeiro