The question of whether the Italian painter Marco Grassi can actually be compared to Michelangelo is currently under investigation by art historians in the USA. In the current issue of the art magazine LA CRITICA A PARTE, Marco Grassi is described by the journalist Martha Pulina as „Michelangelo della tela“.
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The works of artist Marco Grassi are so realistic, they appear to be photographs of women. However, his work is not your traditional portraits. If you look again, these portraits have an offbeat element, creating surreal characteristics that cannot possibly exist in real life. Because Grassi’s incredible skill in painting allows him to create such hyper-real images, the out of place component in each painting is our only clue to these being oil paintings and not photography. The artist impeccably renders such a variety of texture; until we believe we can feel the glossy, sleek glass and the soft fabric the women are wearing in Grassi’s work. Even close up, you can see the details of each wrinkle, pore and eyelash of every woman he paints, intensifying the illusion of reality.