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Robert Mapplethorpe’s images on the page, taken from his book “ Mapplethorpe and the Classical tradition” (2004), show how he gave his own reinterpretations of Classical sculptures. They are displayed alongise two texts: one is an extract from an essay from the same book which talks about how art often revisit images from other times and cultures breaking the bounds of history.  The others texts are exctracts from Pollock’s feminist writings about the relationship between art, canon, femminity and diversity. Mapplethorpe’s photographs seeme to me the best visual accompany them as I saw in them a representations of the various topics discussed in the writings.
     
“Ada”, 1982 Photo by: Robert Mapplethorpe From book - Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical
Tradition




Book - Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition


Extarct from “Differencing the Canon: feminist desire and the writing of Art’s histories”. Written by Giselda Pollock: Routledge, London (1999)



Extarct from “Differencing the Canon: feminist desire and the writing of Art’s histories”. Written by Griselda Pollock: Routledge, London (1999)
“Lydia Cheng”, 1987 Photo by: Robert Mapplethorpe From book - Robert Maplethorpe and the Classical Tradition


“Female torso”, 1978 Photo by: Robert Mapplethorpe From book - Robert Maplethorpe and the Classical Tradition