10/04/2012 09:33 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Dead Gaddafi In Triplicate

Three major artists--Jenny Saville, Yan Pei-Ming and Luca del Baldo--have chosen the corpse of the deposed Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, as the subject matter for paintings, with Luca del Baldo's work due to go on show in Italy in December.

"I think [this tendency] is because it [Gaddafi's body] is a shocking and iconic image; also, Western media tend not to 'do' dead people unless they were famous or notorious, so they are a little bit exotic in our everyday experience," says the leading curator David Elliott.

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