The final project for painting class was "Choose an iconic masterwork from art history and create an original that reinvents and responds to the original piece". We should paint our version of the original painting in the contemporary manner.
I chose the "Joseph and Potiphar's wife", which is a Persian painting done by the famous painter "Kamaleddin Behzad" in 1488. The story of this painting is that Joseph, the prophet, had adopted by king of Egypt, Potiphar, and his wife, Zuleykha. Growing up with them, Joseph became like an adviser to the king in many issues. King's wife fell in love with the prophet.
This painting shows the moment that Zuleykha insisted on having a sexual relationship with Joseph, but he refused because of God's commandment and wanted to leave the room. She caught him by his cloak and thus Joseph's garment was torn . Finally, the piece of his cloth became an evidence to prove that the prophet was innocent.
The contemporary concept that I chose for my version of painting, is Black Friday and how people struggle to have some thing for their own. I used some Persian elements and patterns beside modern colors and logos like Tommy Hilfiger and Polo.
|Joseph and Potiphar's wife, Kamaleddin Behzad, 1488|
|My version of Joseph and Potiphar's wife, 2013|