I applaud Rino Stefano Tagliafierro for making a bold compilation of animated paintings, taking viewers of the 21st century who are more than receptive towards moving visuals through the pre-20th century European art. His approach may seem appropriate for the sake of amusement. On the contrary, however, it is intended purely for meditation of beauty. It may be exciting at first, when birds are seen flying across the romantic landscapes and morning mist gradually engulfing the dense forests. The manipulated sceneries seem to fit rather well with the theme until sensual paintings start to move uncannily.
Restaging these moments, it is likely a risk that Tagliafierro is willing to bear with the assumption that he is undermining the fine arts through his reinterpretation. For critics as well as devotees of fine arts, oil paintings are meant to encapsulate and perhaps to some extent, suspend moments of intensity. It leaves the rest of the story to the audience’s imagination. This juxtaposition is the kind of frustration that most novel readers experienced when the stories are retold in films, having to surrender every imagined outcome according to the director’s interpretation.
“It is entertaining to see Judith actually chop off Holofernes’s head, but it misses the whole point of Caravaggio, who makes us contemplate one moment of moral choice for all eternity. What a hard thing it is to kill a man, you think in front of the painting. Oh, it’s quite easy, you think while watching the animated version.” –Jonathan Jones [The Guardian]