Alexandra Thanassi

Alexandra Thanassi

Portola Valley, CA, US


Saint Jerome, 2021

A modern take on Caravaggio’s “Saint Jerome in His Study” painting, this work foregrounds the interplay between the loudness and the silence that defined 2021’s worldwide pandemic and the increased weight of social media. The subject of this drawing sits alone in the dark, illuminated by and preoccupied with two screens. After encountering Caravaggio’s work while studying in Rome, his eye for chiaroscuro and high-contrast lighting began to work its way into my pieces. Like this charcoal work, I aim to call upon the passions I have for Classical Studies and Visual Arts to execute contemporary visions. -- Shown in the de Young Open 2023

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: San Francisco, CA, US
My Role: Artist