The ever-changing face of Madonna has been the subject of many portraits. Nick Woods reports on a book containing some of the best of them.
If Madonna launched her own makeover television show it could be called Reinvention, Reinvention, Reinvention, while a new 'coffee-tabler', Madonna In Art, would have a good claim to be its bible.
A trawl through the work of 116 artists working in 23 countries, it is a rich compilation of paintings, drawings, graphics and photo-realistic portraits based on the star's myriad looks during her 20 years at the top.
To appreciate - at one sitting - the diversity of images created by just one performer during that time is quite breathtaking.
But it is all laid out for us by Madonna In Art compiler Mem Mehmet, whose work in the airline industry has allowed him plum pickings from all four corners of the globe.
Much of the work takes its influence from seminal and memorable moments in Madonna's music career - videos, concert tours, album covers and promotion shoots.
Her award-winning portrayal of Eva Peron in Evita is well covered, including one particularly presidential work by Andrea Saltzman, apparently so admired by Madonna she expected to receive it as a gift.
Other artwork, like Peter Howson's sinewy oil portraits, Death And Madonna and Madonna, takes all her career into account in a bid to expose the essence of a woman who has raw power coursing through her veins.
Meanwhile two very clean ink and dry pastel sketches by Thierry Perez, Blonde Ambition and Geisha, perfectly capture the facial expression of a woman knowingly in control of her destiny. But there are 244 other works, on more than 190 pages of reinvention revelry, many of which manage to capture some element of what the public at least believes to be the real Madonna.
Accompanying them are key quotes from the last two decades, carefully chosen again to try to give some insight into the mind, talent and motivation of an artist that continues to capture hearts and headlines.
William Orbit, co-writer and producer of her 1997 Ray Of Light album, says: "She subscribes to the whole notion of keeping them guessing, keep changing, keep developing."
Citations from other career collaborators make it clear she offers substance as well as form.
"If you only resort to provocation you won't last long," says former manager Freddy Demann.
Madonna says: "You mean they don't realise I am a songwriter as well as a slut?"
One favourite from singer Chrissie Hynde says: "She's warm, thoughtful, dedicated, full of humour, vegetarian, intelligent, great looking, and has a voice that reflects all of the above.
"And one day she will be president."
Maybe, but what will she wear in the White House?
* Madonna In Art compiled by Mem Mehmet (Pop Art Books, £25).