Christopher Ryan Paintings
Consumare (Consume)
2011
Oil, gold leaf on wood panel
11 7/8 X 4 5/8 in.
This painting uses the repertoire of medieval and renaissance panel painting to address issues associated with contemporary mass tourism. The anonymous figure refers to not only the ubiquitous presence of tourists in Italy, but the tenuous co-existence between visitors and the art treasures of so many Italian cities. The panel recognizes the initiative and inquisitive spirit of travelers, but also comments on the culture of acquisition and consumption (in many senses of the word) associated with cultural tourism.

Private Collection, Northeast Ohio
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