Francesco Vezzoli

*1971, IT
Portrait of Sophia Loren as the Muse of Antiquity (After Giorgio de Chirico), 2011
190 × 60 × 60 cm
Gilt bronze

Presented by Bulgari 

Draped in the robes of the Greek goddess Ariane, the famous Italian actress Sophia Loren has been rendered life-size and balanced on a small plinth, surveying the world around her. Gathered in her arms are small replicas of buildings, like portable symbols of some magnificent gesture of civic generosity.

The Immaculate Conception (Barbie as The Holy Virgin), 2010
183.7 × 64 × 60 cm
Aquamarine white marble and wrought iron

Babylon is part of a series of artworks produced by Vezzoli in 2010 for a project titled Sacrilegio presented originally at Gagosian Gallery in New York. This series merges fashion imagery, Christian iconography from the Renaissance, motherhood, and pop icons