‘venus of urbino after titian’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

czech artist kristyna milde poses barbies in the role of historical icons from famous works of art to examine how modes of representation distort our perception of women. the series cUMENI combines two seemingly different depictions of women: the history of european painting and modern pop culture. milde explains ‘using the historical painting as a stage, with woman represented by the the modern barbie, I want to show the similarities between stereotypical representation in the past and the present time.’ each work features a near perfect recreation of some of art history’s most well known paintings, only the female subjects have been replaced with barbie dolls.

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kristyna milde: cUMENI‘diana and actaeon after cesari’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘the naked maja after goya’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘sleepers after courbet’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘venus after velazquez’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘femme nue after gerome’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘valpincon bather after ingres’ by kristyna milde, 2008

kristyna milde: cUMENI‘batsheba after willem drost’ by kristyna milde, 2008 (digital photograph)