James Franco Shares Short Film Inspired by Italian Sculptures

James Franco Shares Short Film Inspired by Italian Sculptures

In a reinterpretation of classic works of art, James Franco references the historic Della Robbia family.

In a reinterpretation of classic works of art, James Franco references the historic Della Robbia family.

Text: Natalia Spotts

James Franco has released a film inspired by Sotheby’s current exhibition—Glazed: The Legacy of Della Robbia. As part of the auction house’s Artist Response series, the video will be on display until November 18 in New York City.

Originally from Florence, the Della Robbia family is well known for making sculptures and terra-cotta ceramics portraying religious and secular objects during the 15th century. In a reinterpretation of the exhibition, the film pictures a clear gooey substance being poured over still models referencing their historical works of art. One live actor embodies the work Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, Blessing while another is dressed as the virgin Mary from The Annunciate Virgin. “I was immediately struck by the vibrancy and shine of the glaze of the Della Robbia sculptures in this show, especially the human forms frozen in time as icons,” Franco explains in reference to his inspiration for the film, “To mimic and modernize these sculptures, I wanted to create living icons emphasizing the glazing process.”

Watch the film below.

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