Vik Muniz

The Education of Cupid, after Correggio, 2004

Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
246 × 180 cm

The work from ‘Pictures of Garbage’ series is an appropriation of painting by Correggio, the Italian High Renaissance painter.

Venus, Mercury, and Cupid comprise a trio representing Cupid’s schooling, with Mercury hearing the boy’s reading lesson, while Mother Venus stands by. Correggio’s figures are nude but he gives them no gesture or facial expression signaling erotic interrelations. The participants in the lesson, who compel viewers’ eyes, are shown as indifferent to their own beauty, a complexity of the work which invites moral reflection.


Vik Muniz. Moscow House of Photography. Nov – Dec 2007
Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. June – Oct 2018


Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. page 143

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