Tattoos this intense may not have existed during the Renaissance, but that's not stopping Jean-Luc Moerman from revising old masterpieces with intricate body art. Giving full arm sleeves to subjects and covering their torsos and legs with tribal designs, Moerman is injecting new life into otherwise forgotten visual relics. The results are a strange mash-up of old and new, as well as western art and eastern aesthetics.
Jean-Luc Moerman also employs this same technique on contemporary images of celebrities, but it’s far more interesting to see porcelain, flawless bodies marred with so much black ink that it acts almost like its own set of clothing. Can you really consider a person nude when they have tattoos shrouding their bodies from shoulder to toe?
Tattooed Renaissance Paintings
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