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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 02/10/2011

No Artwork was harmed (we hope) in Lady Gaga's Vogue cover shoot

By Katherine Boyle
Lady Gaga on the cover of the March 2011 issue of "Vogue."

It's rare to see century-old artists circulated virally these days, but Lady Gaga's cover shoot for the March 2011 edition of Vogue has caused quite the stir, bringing exposure to another famous artist, who just happens to be a 17th century Baroque painter from Belgium.

Famed fashion photographer Mario Testino shot Lady Gaga on location at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium in November 2010. In one of the photos released, Gaga dons a gray Alexander McQueen duck-and-ostrich-feather dress.

While Vogue does not credit the painting online, it appears she is posing in front of Peter Paul Rubens' "The Adoration of the Magi" a painting that may be a symbolic nod to the pop star's new single, "Born This Way."

We sincerely hope Mr. Testino remembered to turn off his flash when shooting the famous painting.

Gaga tells Jonathan Van Meter for Vogue that writing her new single "Born This Way," set for release on Friday, was like "an Immaculate Conception"

"I wrote ['Born This Way'] in 10 ---ing minutes," she says in the article. "And it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception."

Perhaps serendipitously, Rubens' "The Adoration of the Magi" portrays the Virgin Mary--to whom the Immaculate Conception refers in Catholic doctrine--presenting the infant Jesus to three magi after his birth. Meter aptly titled the interview "Our Lady of Pop."

How fitting.

The painting is featured on the website of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, and is part of its permanent collection. The museum states that in the 1620s, Matthias Yrsselius, the abbot of the Abbey of St Michael in Antwerp, commissioned Rubens to paint "The Adoration of the Magi." In 2008, the painting was the focus of an extensive study by the museum.

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By Katherine Boyle  | February 10, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
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