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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (professional name Lady Gaga1986- )

She references numerous art works in her music videos. The following three examples drew inspiration from paintings.

 

 

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Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Warhol’s various Marilyns:

 

https://www.out.com/entertainment/music/2013/08/20/art-history-guide-lady-gagas-applause-music-video

 

 

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Interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James: “It’s very inspired by, especially in the beginning, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon, the surrealist painters.”

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/gregjames/2011/03/lady_gaga_-_the_interview.html

 

There are also hints of Caravaggio in the play of light and dark, beauty and the grotesque. The final image is Gaga’s face in her zombie make-up within a pink triangle blowing a big pink bubblegum bubble about to pop. The monstrous face is reminiscent of the work of Bacon, particularly his dark self-portraits such as:

 

https://artimage.org.uk/5067/francis-bacon/self-portrait–1973

 

See also

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/03/deconstructing-lady-gagas-born-this-way-video/71924

 

 

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A seashell headboard echoes the seashell from which Venus rises in The Birth of Venus.

 

The English band alt-J do a take on Raphael’s epic fresco School of Athens (1510-11) for their video Tessellate (2012), a modern-day school of philosophy as a gangster’s paradise. Much like in the original, each character in this scene describes mental states with their physical actions.

 

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The music video for Beyonce’s Mine (2013) includes two masked figures as a noticeable quotation of Magritte’s 1928 painting The Lovers:

 

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Kanye West’s Famous (2016)

 

inspired by American artist Vincent Desiderio’s Sleep, a 24-foot-long painting of nudes on a bed with tangled sheets. For his version West replaced the anonymous nudes with digitally-rendered bodies of famous celebrities including singer Taylor Swift.

 

https://www.vevo.com/watch/kanye-west/famous/USUV71601791

 

The Sea The Sea’s Waiting (2014) hand painted and directed by Zachary Johnson:

 

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Miley Cyrus We Can’t Stop (2013)

 

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Inspired by the works of modern and contemporary art of among others Ryan McGinley, Barbara Kruger, Guy Bourdin, and Valeria Lukyanova see

 

http://www.complex.com/style/2013/06/art-references-miley-cyrus-we-cant-stop-video/barbara-kruger-i-cant-look-at-you-and-breathe-at-the-same-time-1981-84

 

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