The Renaissance room has been designed to sleep up to 6 guests in absolute artistic luxury. Get ready to be swept away by the beauty of the Renaissance room, with its stylishly colourful decor, larger than average luxury bathroom and double whirlpool bath.
Dance the night away as you listen to music through the Bluetooth sound systems or catch up on some TV on your own large flat screen.
Arthouse Hotel is located in the middle of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district and is surrounded by the cities best bars and restaurants. The Renaissance room in Arthouse Hotel is ideal for a short city break to Liverpool, and a great way to learn a little more about the work of a famous cultural icon and artist.
Taking a break from his portrayal of celebrities and icons, Warhol developed an interest in artistic masterpieces in 1984 and began adapting them to suit the current popular culture and his own style aesthetics. Warhol decided to take iconic pieces of historic art, created by masters of the craft and give these pieces of work new meaning.
He essentially stripped any original meaning from his chosen pieces and adapted each one to suit a message he strongly believed in. The work Warhol adapted became instantly recognisable as his own through his continued use of bright colour and kitschy style.
Andy Warhol’s details of Renaissance Paintings Series, 1984
Paulo Uccello’s St George and the Dragon c.1460
The story of St George slaying the dragon is depicted in this painting, the full work includes St George atop his steed with his spear dug into the dragon’s shoulder, the dragon looking wounded and in the background a forthcoming storm that is said to be the symbol of divine intervention.
What Warhol chose to capture from this setting was the look of serenity and calm on the princesses face and the colourfully striking wing of the soon to be slain dragon. Warhol chose to remove all the violent connotations that were in the original painting leaving behind the calm and peace. He created a series of four prints in different shades and hues, each print bringing a different part of the painting into focus.
Botticelli’s, Birth of Venus c. 1482
An iconic image even outside prominent art circles, this image shows the birth of Venus as she rises from a shell in the sea, nude. The original message that of purity and virginity.
In Warhol’s adaption he chooses to simply focus on Venus’ face encircled by locks of her flowing sunkissed hair. In the past, Warhol had created celebrity portraits of icons like Marilyn Monroe in a similar style to that of his recreated Venus. Warhol, therefore, gave the figure of Venus celebrity status, he took the original focus away from her nude body and the intricate background Botticelli had created and made the face of Venus a symbol of modern day celebrity.
Piero Della Francessca, Madonna del Duca da Montefeltro c.1472
A painting originally commissioned by a duke to honour the birth of his son depicted a scene including the Virgin Mary, Angels, Saints and the infant Jesus.
Warhol chose to crop all that out and focus on background symbolism of the hanging ostrich egg inside the church as it’s meaning was that of eternal beauty, something Warhol believed our society was always in search of.
Leonardo Da Vinci, The Annunciation c.1472
A masterpiece that captures the moment when Gabriel advises the Virgin Mary that she would become the son of Christ. The original artwork is intricately detailed and shows the full representation of both figures in an ornate garden.
In Warhol’s mind, he wished to capture a fragment of the painting which he believed held the most significance. He decided to crop everything our of view leaving just the subtle hand gestures of both figures as he believed this captured the entire moment perfectly.
Andy Warhol continues to be among the most influential people known in contemporary art and culture to date. His belief that fine art could come in many forms allowed him to explore new avenues of artistic expression.
The results were rewarded by his huge following from which he made his name and fortune.
He believed wholeheartedly that “Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art”. By combining the popular culture with celebrity and fine art Andy Warhol helped break down bariers that had fromed between high and low culture.
In the Details of Renaissance Paintings Series Warhol skillfully presents his ideas that classic fine art can indeed represent today’s popular culture. You just need to look hard enough.