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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:



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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.”


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:–1973


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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.


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



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