During the Renaissance, year 1499 to be exact, Michelangelo made a sculpture of Jesus lifeless body on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo was 23 years old at that time. This masterpiece can be viewed in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. The sculpture was named La Pietà, which means “pity”.
Five-hundred and eleven years later Polish artist Kordian Lewandowski takes inspiration from La Pietà and merges Renaissance art with the modern day video game culture. Kordian’s sculpture portrays Princess Peach holding a dying Mario. He aptly named his masterpiece “Game Over”.
This sculpture was carved out of a polystyrene foam block and sculpted up to details.
I’m not a video gamer, but one console I did own was the 8-bit NES with Super Mario Bros. game. I got the console when I was around six years old and played with it till it broke. Mario Bros. is for me video gaming. I still remember the game tunes in my head and always kept a favoritism for retro games that are pixelated. I can imagine any true Nintendo fan boy/girl would love to view this sculpture in real.
While La Pietà is based on a religious icon, it still is a masterpiece done by one of the biggest artist to have lived on earth. And Kordian’s piece reminded me that we live in a age where everything revolves around technology and the old art form is slowing dying out. Now a days we appreciate the art of an iPhone design or the new iPad, I never anymore come across a recent painting or sculpture that has potential to survive centuries.
When I walk by art galleries I wonder why I never save money for a nice painting instead of only saving to buy technology that won’t last more then three years. Artists should take “Game Over” as an inspiration and start creating paintings and sculptures that are classic and yet depict our modern day culture.
Pieta Game Over the artists Deviant page.