Life Imitates Art

Nancy Webber

As an MFA student at Mills College, Oakland, CA I took a course on the Renaissance. The following year studying for the MA degree in Florence, Italy I observed similarities between the artworks in the museums and churches and the faces on the streets. Years later, I created photographic portraits of ordinary people, found primarily by chance, with striking resemblances to famous paintings taken over thirty-four years. This series includes over two hundred likenesses and all periods and styles of art history.  I focused on similar poses and their features, providing minimal intervention in reconstructing the scene. Hoping to demystify the history of art by making the older work more alive and accessible and by making analogies between the old and the new, I remind the viewer that the masterpieces we see as objects of art began as portraits of real people.

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