Whistle-blowing model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez’s encounters with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Italian media baron Silvio Berlusconi will take on biblical proportions at an art exhibit opening at Rome’s esteemed Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna Monday.
Among the images in artist Andrea Mastrovito’s complex, five-piece “Very Bad Things” back-lit window display is a likeness of the sexy modelling photo of Gutierrez that graced the covers of tabloids in 2015 after she accused Weinstein of groping her during a meeting in his TriBeca office.
Gutierrez will be in Rome for the opening and is excited to see it taking shape in advance of Weinstein’s unrelated criminal sexual assault trial coming up in the fall.
“In the images, because the artist is very straightforward, there’s a lot of nudity and the way he imagined the scenes and this kind of thing, it is very modern art,” she told the Daily News. “He doesn’t put filters in any situations. It’s very cool. I’m really happy about this. I’m really happy to be part of an artwork, especially in a moment where I still have no voice in this matter.”
Though some tabloids ran stories depicting the Filipina-Italian beauty as an opportunist after she accused the movie mogul of sexual impropriety, a recording of Weinstein promising Gutierrez he “won’t do it again” surfaced in 2017 seeming to support her claims. Dozens of other women came out after Gutierrez to describe similar conduct by Weinstein spanning several decades.
Mastrovino’s depiction shows Gutierrez sporting cut-off jean shorts and a dark bikini top as she’s unwillingly escorted by two centurions while an angel flies overhead carrying the scales of justice.
“I met Ambra a couple years ago,” Mastrovito told The News. “As soon as I understood, I knew her story, I said ‘Ambra, we have to do something together.’ ”
The exhibition, which appears to put tabloid imagery on stained glass Cathedral windows, was inspired as much by Gutierrez’s experience as it was the Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders in which a Hebrew woman lusted after by two dirty old men is defamed after she refuses to adhere to their sexual demands. Artists including Anthony Van Dyck and Rembrandt have also drawn inspiration from that tale. He’s also compelled by “fake news” and its manifestations.