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L.A-based artist Nicola Verlato rendered a series of heavily violent visions. The ‘How the West Was Won’ collection depicts several battle scenes and fights, involving blood and weapons. The artist takes advantage of foreshortening and an exaggerated sense of movement to create snapshots of the brutal scenes. The series is highly engaging and allows the viewer to feel as though they are a part of the scene. The aesthetics of the pieces lean on the Renaissance genre, with dramatic lights and darks, and special attention put on the exactness of the human form.
The allegorical pieces are meant to be unsettling, leaving the viewer reflective. The series reviews the cultural clash between the ideologies of monotheism and polytheism. Veralto communicates that the tensions between these concepts has become the foundation for modern civilization. The artist says on his blog, “Monotheism clearly won in most aspects of western culture but polytheism still survives in pop culture.”