There have always been many reinterpretations of previous works by authors of other styles and times. And that also happens today and it happened in the last 20th century. Possibly the most recognized case are the different works by Francis Bacon dedicated to Pope Innocent X and the portrait of Velázquez that he made of that pontiff.
The Annunciation According to Titian by Gerhard Richter
But it's not the only case. For example, it is interesting to see this other work by the German painter Gerhard Richter, in which he makes his particular version of the Annunciation ofTitian.
This artist has, for many years, made his paintings based on photographic images. But in this case we see how it is based on an artistic and historical work. A religious image that somehow serves to illustrate the spiritual scope of his artistic beliefs. And to which he returned five times in 1973, since there are five different versions of this reworked image of the great painter of theVenetian Renaissance.
And perhaps the most curious thing about these works is that they seem to be photographs of a painting, but they are not. It is a large canvas painted in oil (130 x 280 cm), very similar to the size of the original. However, Richter proposes a game between the type of images and the processes ofrealization of each one.
And this German creator is really one of the most original and unclassifiable artists of recent times, since his work has gone through the most varied phases. From a neorealism, to abstract art. Going through a neo-expressionism, a time of paintings only painted with gray, as if they were black and white photos, even on the same subject, as in this case of the Titian's Annunciation proposed this type of chromatic variation.
Titian's version of Annunciation
In addition, he has also made the so-called photographic paintings, and his series of mirrors made from sheets of transparent glass are also characteristic of his production, and in recent times, and at a fairly advanced age (he was born in the year 1932) he has dedicated himself to making his digital paintings.