Old Masters Pastiches

29 April 2016

Pera Museum is proud to present an exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico, a pioneer of the metaphysical art movement and one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century. Brought to life in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico in Rome, the exhibition comprises a broad selection of 70 paintings, 2 lithography series, and 10 sculptures. Take look at his interpretations of old master’s works! 

Pastoral (After Rubens), 1960, oil on canvas, 39 x 49,5 cm. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

During this period, de Chirico was attracted to a diverse stable of European great masters, ranging from Titian, Fragonard, Ingres to Delacroix and Rubens, with the artist championing the latter as the ultimate Great Master. 

Phaeton’un Düşüşü (After Rubens), 1954,
Tuval üzerine yağlıboya, 50 x 40 cm.
Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

Rather than produce pastiches (exact copies), the artist tended to rework or extract details of specific paintings. For example, in the exhibited painting Young Girl Sleeping (after Watteau) of 1947, de Chirico chose to paint just a small detail of Watteau’s Jupiter and Antiope, thus transforming his version into a dormant Ariadnesque figure.

Young Girl Sleeping, (After Watteau), 1947, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm.
Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

Alternatively, in the exhibited Bathers (with Red Drape in the Landscape) of 1945, the artist selects the recognisable pose of Ingre’s central figure of Grande Odalisque (1814), yet choses to reverse her position and place her in an open landscape setting. 

In Self-portrait with Armour (1948), de Chirico reworks Velázquez’s Philip IV in Armour (c. 1626). His decision to superimpose the Spanish king’s head with that of his own serves as a visual demonstration of Nietzsche’s concept of the eternal return and the cyclical nature of Time.


Self-portrait in Armour, 1948,
Tempera and oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome

Highlighting his various periods with examples from his earliest works to last ones, Giorgio de Chirico: The Enigma of the World exhibition took place at the Pera Museum between 24 February - 08 May 2016.

The Rat Tribe Sim Chi Yin

The Rat Tribe Sim Chi Yin

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Between 1963 and 1966 Andy Warhol worked at making film portraits of all sorts of characters linked to New York art circles. Famous people and anonymous people were filmed by Andy Warhol’s 16 mm camera, for almost four minutes, without any instructions other than ‘to get in front of the camera’.

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.