Friday, August 28, 2009


Despite it happens frequently that older (and lesser known) art is used as an inspiration in advertising without any reference or quoting, there are also many a modern photographer who are paying their respects to art history.

So did for example the british digital artist Rebecca Parker with her photo Medea:

It’s a well arranged quotation of the famous artwork from 1898 by the Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860 –1939).

There you find more examples about Medea in art.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Beer Surfer

Few days ago a friend showed me this nice clip on Youtube about the Guinness Surfers.

A wonderful clip without any doubt by I wished that the English painter Walter Crane (1845-1915) would have been mentioned.

Walter Crane: Neptune's Horses (1892)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Campari Fairy Tales

A very popular method to tell stories with advertising is to quote fairy tales. The 9th edition of the Campari Calendar for the year 2008 is composed of twelve fairy tales all with the beautiful Mendes.


Puss in boots

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Levi’s on a Skyscraper

This nice ad for Levi's Cling fits is from 2007 and was made by JWT Advertising Agency in Bangalore. The photographer was Steve Koh.

To me it looks like a quotation of the famous photo by Charles C. Ebbets "Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper" from 1932. Above all because I think that no photographer in the whole world can take a picture of a crossbeam with people on it without thinking of Ebbets.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Post-Apocalyptic Fashion

In Vogue Italia appeared in November 2003 this series by Steven Meisel with the title “Mother Nature”. We see some skinny models posing in abandoned buildings or a deserted landscape.

These images didn’t quote any paintings but they refer in my opinion to a lot of post-apocalyptic movies and fiction. Here only a screenshot from the movie "Downstream" (2009).

Here you will find more about post-apocalyptic stuff.