As well as subverting the gender of Michelangelo’s David’, Cork writes, ‘Perucchetti has turned his attention to other icons of masculinity. In one large marble, Modern Heroes, we can all recognise Batman and Superman.... Reclining languorously on what Perucchetti describes as “a chaise-longue”, Batman “looks like an old Roman”.
Superman stands erect and bares his chest [while] Batman ... stretches out an admiring hand to touch Superman, the gesture a reference to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, and the sculpture Perucchetti’s celebration of changes in contemporary society.’
Modern Heroes is characteristic of Perucchetti’s ironic and understated commentary on the modern Western world, in this case reflecting back its obsession with heroism. Batman and Superman, with their quick fixes for a superficial generation, are made all the more preposterous by being rendered in marble – a material of permanence, of luminous beauty and the quintessential expression of Western classical heritage.