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See It Now: Artist Lady Gioconda at Agora Gallery

There's nothing like a celebrity sighting to start your week off right. I ventured to Agora Gallery in Chelsea for artist Lady Gioconda’s solo exhibition, Divine Stardom, which showcases romanticized pop-cultural icons in Renaissance-style religious settings. The portraits lend contemporary idolatry some historical perspective, setting superstars as varied as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Cruise amongst heralding angels and regal ornamentation.

Rihanna, Oil on Canvas, 36.5" x 42.5"

Angelina Amongst Angels, Oil on Canvas, 39.5" x 31"

“Spirituality is in all my works. Art has a power to move people and to give joy, like nothing else can. I view my paintings as doors into Paradise—and I hope the viewer can feel that too,” says the artist about her work.

Leonardo DiCaprio With Dog, Oil on Canvas, 50" x 59"

Venus Lady Gaga, Oil on Canvas, 55.5” x 41”

Tom Cruise, Oil on Canvas, 46.5" x 35"

If you want to see the stars for yourself, the exhibit will be up until December 13, 2013.