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Artist Francesco Vezzoli Modernizes the Virgin Mary

By: Tracy Wallace - Published: Feb 23, 2011 • References: artnet and tmagazine.blogs.nytimes
Francesco Vezzoli is an Italian artist who is taking the art world by storm with his mixed media series, Sacriligio. The series captures former supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley and the still reigning Naomi Campbell in classic Madonna stance and garb with baby Jesus as an accessory.

Vezzoli's signature is added in "embroidery" through digital enhancement, adding a rustic touch. The Francesco Vezzoli works are generally housed in puddle-dripping gold matte frames, which showcase his love for fashion, classic symbols of Italy, the church and his own mother.