URBAN AESTHETIC no.52 (The Will to Power)


Painted wood blocks, acrylic paint, and collage on board

71.5 x 62 X 5.3 cm (Framed)

Collage on board (wood blocks, original text from The Prince by Machiavelli, selected collaged Renaissance images, ink, and acrylic paint)

The subtle hues in this piece are typical of Renaissance colour palettes; the inspiration came from the painted tiling in Luca Signorelli’s Renaissance painting ‘The Circumcision’. Typical of Renaissance painting, the coloured tiling is used as a perspective tool. The painting is part of the UK collection and can be viewed at The National Gallery in London.

To complement the colours in this piece I opted for literature from the era, The Prince by Machiavelli. Often referred to as a guide on how to obtain, and maintain, power, The Prince is often cited as a controversial text, not least, because it justifies immoral acts in pursuit of political glory. Good to know some things don’t change.

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Original collage painting on wood blocks by Stephen Tribbel. Original text from The Prince by Machiavelli, selected collaged Renaissance images, ink, and acrylic paint.URBAN AESTHETIC no.52 (The Will to Power)