Skelly on the Half Shell


Skelly on the Half Shell is a parody of Sandro Botticelli’s classic work, The Birth of Venus. It’s part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I skeletonize famous works of art for my own nefarious ends. Free shipping anywhere in the continental USA.



pastel painting of skelly on the half shell a parody of Botticelli's Birth of Venus

Skelly on the Half Shell, pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2019

About Skelly on the Half Shell

This skelly painting is a parody of Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus which I’ve skeletonized for my own nefarious ends. Skelly on the Half Shell is part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I recreate classic works of art with skeletons instead of flesh and blood humans. It’s fun!

The original painting has been sold.

Available in paper prints, cards and canvas wrap

You can choose from 10×15″ inkjet prints on double-sided matte paper, 5×7″ greeting cards with matching white envelopes, or canvas wrap prints in three different sizes. There’s something for every budget and every size wall here, so do your worst. I’ll love you for it. Prices include shipping anywhere in the continental USA. Everywhere else, please contact me.

Old Dead Masters series

The Old (Dead) Masters series is my way of paying homage to the great artists that have come before. I learn new things every time I copy a famous work and this is knowledge that I use in the works that come later. I try to be faithful to the original pieces but I am after an authentic feeling to the work, rather than a stroke by stroke reproduction.

About skellies

I love skellies because they’re fearless and free. When painting them I find that they take on a life of their own! If they make you laugh, then I feel my job is done. Life is short! Skellies are forever!


Pastels are my medium of choice because they’re so versatile and immediate. I love the way the light refracts when it hits the chalk. I love all the different marks you can make with them. This piece was done on Canson mi-teintes paper. I used various pastels to recreate Botticelli’s masterpiece.

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10×15" Print $40.00, 15×24" Canvas Wrap $148.00, 30×48" Canvas Wrap $372.00, 6×10" Print $20.00, 8×13" Canvas Wrap $76.00, Original, Greeting Card $5.00