Christ in the house of his parents

  • Anna Kenneally

Symbols of wealth seamlessly embellish the figures and setting of this painting. These recognizable objects of value allow us to question our definitions of status. Millais’ original has been collaged and cannibalized in order to reflect references of both art and fashion within western culture. Once religious icons have been reimagined as the pinnacle of consumer culture. Designers such as Celine show fluid interchanges of style as they reference Yves Klein, meanwhile retaining the original Pre-Raphaelite backdrop.