Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Our Lady of Crisis


Miraculously hovering in mid-air in the Church of St. Eustache in Paris, this Madonna and Child is by the gay artists Pierre et Gilles, who are known for suffusing their photographic portraits of saints and sinners with a kind of holy aura. Here, the Virgin is surrounded by wrecked cars and scaffolding that refer to the social housing projects of Paris's troubled banlieus. Her bridal gown is by Christian Lacroix, who has just gone bankrupt. No doubt another sign of the times...
Photo: Annie. Click to enlarge.

4 comments:

The Sexy Pedestrian said...

Cool! It's shame more churches don't reach out more to artists.

Profoundly Superficial said...

I totally agree with you. At St. Eustache, there was also a fabulous silver triptych by Keith Haring where his usual drawings of radio-active babies are replaced with radio-active angels. Hot stuff!!

la dolce vita said...

Paris is full of churches that reach out to modern artists. It seems to be a new way to attract visitors.

Anonymous said...

"Our lady of Crisis"
Good sense of humour!!!