Donna Famosa and more art by David Czupryn

Donna Famosa, 2020
180 x 130 cm (h x w)
Oil on canvas
for sale

David Czupryn’s Donna Famosa portrays one of history’s most famous women, the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. With her gaze shaded by the reflective lenses of sunglasses, akin to Isa Genzken’s Nofretete (Make Yourself Pretty!), Czupryn’s Donna offers up no direct eye-contact to the viewers. Shrouded in symbolism, this painting by David Czupryn presents a complex reflection on mortality, fame, power, and eternal life.

As typical of the still life genre, a clock/memento mori hangs on the left-hand side of the painting. Though time goes by, Nefertiti wears an evil eye charm pendant, to guard against malevolent thoughts. The torso underneath the queen’s bust is a canopic jar of sorts: ancient Egyptians used them to store bodily organs to preserve them for the afterlife. Here the innards are exposed, but, like in an anatomical model, they are wooden, depicted with a trompe l’oeil technique to resemble different kinds of native North African woods. They are a poignant reflection on the gap between the idea and the reality of the future: although Ancient Egyptians had a very clear image of afterlife, they could not possibly have imagined what ‘living forever’ in our museum displays would be like.

The painting’s title is inspired by the Italian Renaissance Master Andrea Mantegna’s series Uomini Famosi, where he depicted in grisaille and faux-bronze - the Paragone dell’Arte discourse back to which Czupryn’s method harks - famous men and women, such as the mythical figures of Claudia Quinta and Tuccia. The sieve filled with water in Nefertiti’s hand is precisely a reference to Tuccia, the ancient Roman Vestal Virgin, who proved her chastity by the miraculous carrying of water from the Tiber to the Temple of Vesta in a sieve. In front of the woman’s crotch, a red candle has been blown out: powerful but insecure men’s libidos can die out when their superiority is threatened by a strong woman’s presence in the boardroom. Here, Nefertiti holds the pastoral staff, a symbol of power and leadership that spans millennia.

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