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Take the Subway with Angels in These Classical Painting Mashups

Even gods have to commute to work in Alexey Kondakov's new photo series.
18 May 2015, 7:15pm
Le Chant des Anges, Bouguereau. Images courtesy the artist

Ancient gods party like it's 2015 in Ukranian art designer Alexey Kondakov new classical painting mashup series, Daily Life of Gods. He inserts time-tested portraits of deities into the buses, sidewalks, and cafés of Kiev, imagining what Venus and Dionysus might get into in the modern world. Some are clearly loving it, like Bacchus' raucous entourage running through the city's grungy tunnels, but the sight of Apollo strumming his harp for change is far from celebratory.

The idea came to Kondakov when a picture of people drinking wine on Tumblr caught his eye, and he had the urge to replace the group with his own entourage. "Then I thought, 'What if I invite these [gods] into our reality and imagine they are on streets of modern Kiev?'" he tells The Creators Project. "Then I wanted to transform a noisy company of cheerful kids who gathered to spend time together in the city or go to the movies. And in these heroes I saw the work of other artists." Kondatov wants to be clear, though, Daily Life of Gods isn't a commentary on society or religion or art. "My project is about life," he says. "I really want to avoid talking about the social commentary."

Originally called 2 Reality, Kondakov changed the name of the series to Daily Life of Gods, adopting the nameFubiz gave it on Friday.

Apollo, Nicolas Regnier

Bacchus sur un trône, Caesar Van Everdingen

Francesco Furini

The Youth of Bacchus, Bouguereau

David and Goliath, Caravage

Venus and Adonis, Luca Cambiaso

See the full set on Alexey Kondakov's Facebook page.

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