Masquerade

Homage or Plagiarism?

After a recent portraiture session in the studio, where I used a lot of masks I had made for the occasion, I was discussing how I might present them with Jan and she suggested combining several heads in one shot. Mulling it over, I remembered the iconic Queen album cover and decided on a similar treatment for Masquerade, as you see above.
It has now been suggested to me that perhaps I may have plagiarised the original artwork which, I hasten to add, was not my intention. In the past, I have often used Old Masters for inspiration, as in my previous post about Death of a Gangster, and considered it to be an homage. After all, as Picasso memorably said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. I don’t take this literally but interpret it as meaning that you should learn from those who came before you.
Perhaps I’m wrong …

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