Smashing Pumpkins Album Art

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the ultimate expression of unrestrained ambition, zealous stargazing, and confronting the "human condition of mortal sorrow."

On the cover of the album (illustrated by John Craig), the angelic figure embedded in the star is a collaged combination of Saint Catherine of Alexandra (1507) by Raphael and The Souvenir (Fidelity) (1787-89) by Jean-Baptiste Greuze. The provided muse for this album was born across two centuries of European fine art, removed from our earth and cast into a glowing constellation claiming Infinite Sadness.

In 1995, the physical copy of the album came with a booklet of artwork. Corgan’s description of the music to designer Frank Olinsky was "psychedelic music by a heavy metal band from the 1920s." The collage-style artwork reflects this with daring and surreal anthropomorphic scenes indebted to both Renaissance and Rococo art.: Continue reading :


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Posted: December 27th, 2011
at 4:17pm by mnp

Categories: music,design

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