Christ and the Lamb
Jeff Koons (1988)
Jeff Koons provoked outcry in the eighties with his provocative ‘kitsch’. Whereas some in the art circles considered him a devil, he continued to present himself as a smiling angel imperturbably. The only thing he wanted was, in his own words, “to return to people what they, deep down, find most beautiful”: luxurious, sparkling surfaces, sweet colours, loving and sentimental images. For this mirror he used a fragment of a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci (The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. 1510, at the Louvre). With some effort, the contours of the Holy Child playing with a lamb can be perceived. The gilded wooden frame refers to the late-eighteenth-century, extravagant Rococo. Koons plays a confusing game on the borderlines of high art and kitsch, religion and banality.