Paintings come alive in Tagliafierro’s ‘Beauty’

Italian animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro breathes life into dozens of classical paintings in his captivating short, Beauty:

The film, Tagliafierro writes, is “a path of sighs through the emotions of life. A tribute to the art and her disarming beauty.”

Among the numerous paintings are works of Rubens and Rembrandt, whom we study in CC202, and Vermeer, who has featured on this blog before!

See the full list of paintings used in the short here.

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Valentina posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Is Tagliafierro’s “Beauty” video inspired by an R.E.M. one?

Tagliafierro’s idea of animating paintings in the “Beauty” video ( ) isn’t very original, since in 1991 James Herbert realized the amazing video of “Low” ( ) for R.E.M.. Both videos are very similar, not only for same idea of moving paintings, but also for their style. In fact, if in the “Low” video the main painting is Elizabeth Jane Gardner’s “La Confidence”, in the Tagliafierro’s one the same painter appears as the author of “Too Imprudent” and portrayed in the “Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Gardner” by her husband/teacher William Adolphe Bouguereau. Then Bouguereau himself is the most shown artist (together with Caravaggio) in “Beauty”, giving a stylistic mark to the whole video. It’s curious how Caravaggio’s pictures are represented in the “Losing My Religion” video ( ), since both R.E.M. songs belong to the same album and video collection (despite “Low” remains unknown for never being published as a single).
In my opinion, since in 1991 there weren’t actual technologies, the “Low” video appears even more amazing, innovative and noteworthy.

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