Image: As Moses Sat Upon His Throne, Two Aliens Attacked Ancient Rome!
(Utica, New York, 1957 - )

As Moses Sat Upon His Throne, Two Aliens Attacked Ancient Rome! , 1985

Acrylic on canvas
68 in. x 84 in. (172.72 cm x 213.36 cm)
Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Vogels acquired more than fifty works by Trivieri. While this painting is much larger than most works in their collection, its zany subject, which features a fearsome and heroic cat, undoubtedly attracted the couple, who were passionate about their cats. Trivieri combines freehand airbrush painting with surface drawing and scratching to create densely layered images. His highly personal style reflects his interest in scientific illustrations and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as a desire to push past 1970s photorealism.
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