Vik Muniz

Atlas (After Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino)), 2007

Framed chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
229 × 183 cm

The work ‘Atlas’, 2007 is inspired by the painting by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri in 1646.

“Atlas” by Barbieri depicts the story of the ancient Greek legend of Atlas, the Titan who was enforced by Zeus to hold the celestial spheres on his shoulders. The painting portrays Atlas as a powerful figure, holding the heavenly spheres with graceful ease.

The myth of Atlas has been a renown theme in the arts and literature throughout world history, and Guercino’s painting shows the Titan and his fate as a symbol of endurance and strength.

‘Atlas’ by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri is a part of collection of Stefano Bardini Museum in Florence, Italy.


Vik Muniz – Russian Project, Gary Tatintsian Gallery. Oct 2007–Feb 2008


Catalogue “Vik Muniz – Russian Project”, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, 2008, p. 134

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