The Department of Culture of the Municipality of Pavia presents, from 8 October 2020 to 6 January 2021 , the exhibition “ Identità unveiled. Hidden Portraits ”, by Volker Hermes, an international artist on which the art world has recently been paying particular attention.
Volker Hermes' work consists of the photographic reworking of pictorial works depicting important portraits by famous artists of international painting, including Jacometto Veneziano, Bronzino, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Batoni, between the Renaissance and the nineteenth century.
The project, started by the artist about ten years ago, starts from the meaning of the portrait and from what it has represented for society over the centuries until the invention of photography. Volker meticulously analyzes costumes and poses, details and history, to achieve the goal of making these works absolutely current, starting from masking up to reaching the semantic gap between veiling and covering.
We can therefore affirm that the work of Volker Hermes establishes a bridge of conjunction, a continuity between ancient and modern art, highlighting the evolution of portraiture over the centuries.