Feel the Force, or The Layers of mistresspretations

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I've gathered here a collection of re-makes, re-interpretations and parodies to the famous painting usually described as "Portrait présumé de Gabrielle d'Estrées et de sa soeur la duchesse de Villars", or "Supposedly) A portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrées and one of her sisters".

The collection both demonstrates and reflects upon a modern and increasingly popular practices of art appropriation and re-enactment that tend to place art works outside of their original, conventionally accepted and 'appropriate' contexts and instead embed it into other (often contemporary and deliberately 'inappropriate') contexts.

I argue (here and elsewhere) that not only these re-interpretations and re-enactment can illustrate thoughtfully comment on the contemporary issues, but also provide us with the additional insights into so called 'true meaning' of the original art work.

In this case, a large amount of witty, satiric re-interpretations may support a new version about the original meaning of the painting, which seemingly was a part of a political pamphlet, aimed to critique Gabrielle and her other counterpart, Henriette d'Entragues.

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