I have always been impressed by this painting by Rembrandt, by the choice of subject, the composition and the power it radiates. But I had never paid any attention to the small female figure hiding in the background.
It was a compulsory piece of work, to reconstruct in the studio the subject of a painting, which made me become aware of it. But who was this woman? What was she doing here? Upon looking at it, studying it, the idea that the artist wanted to express a form of concupiscence similar to the “centre of sin” seemed captivating to me. A means of defining pornography for what it is, as well.
As I could hardly take a carcase of beef into the studio, I fell back on the pathetic carcase of a rabbit. So the Barbie doll was inevitable.
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