Artist Dan Bannino Turns Celebrity Fad Diets into Old Master-Style Still Lifes

Artist Dan Bannino Turns Celebrity Fad Diets into Old Master-Style Still Lifes

Whether you find it downright strange or just oddly comforting, fad diets have existed long before our time. Professional photographer Dan Bannino from Italy has documented the temporary eating habits of celebs as far back as Charles Saatchi, Henry VIII and as recent as Beyonce Knowles. Photographer goes beyond simple tablet settings, however, rich-looking, and crafts moody scenes that are luscious in their texture and color.

Dan Bannino describes the inspiration for his still lifes Old Master paintings series entitled “Still Diet”, by writing, “With this series my aim was to capture the beauty that lies in this terrible constriction of diets and deprivation, giving them the importance of an old master’s painting. I wanted to make them significant, like classic works of arts that are becoming more and more weighty as they grow older. My aim was to show how this weirdness hasn’t changed even since the 15th century.”

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton – “Cabbage diet,” cabbage soup, mixed with other vegetables.
Charles Saatchi
Charles Saatchi – “The egg diet,” nine eggs prepared in multiple ways and a glass of wine
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow – “Strict detox diet,” broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, onions, patè made with nuts and lentils, and room temperature water with lemon and/or green tea.
Beyonce Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles – “Master cleanse diet,” maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper, and laxative herbal tea
Kate Moss
Kate Moss – “Hollywood Diet,” cigarettes and martini .
King Henry VII
Henry VII – “The banquet diet,” Rabbit, Pork, chicken, lamb, wine and fruits.
Lord Byron
Lord Byron – “Romantic poet’s diet,” potatoes in vinegar and soda water.
Luigi Cornaro
Luigi Cornaro – “Sober Life,” fifteenth-century Venetian nobleman, 400ml of solid food or eggs and 500ml wine.
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell – “Life enhancing,” Strawberries, grapes, airfreight-shipped box full of pineapples, cranberries, oranges, blueberries, avocados and mangos made into smoothies, plus a tank of milk for bathing in, and vitamins.



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