In a recent Instagram post, Beyoncé unveiled the cover art for Renaissance, her highly anticipated seventh, studio album, and wrote a heartfelt note on everything that inspired its creation.
The cover for Renaissance sees the singer clad in a spear-like, pointy silver body chain, wearing her long blonde hair down, atop a crystalized, glossy silver horse set against a pitch black background. Captured by French photographer Carlijn Jacobs, the cover is a visible tribute to John Collier’s classic painting of noblewoman Lady Godiva, as well as of Bianca Jagger’s grand entrance on horseback at Studio 54 in 1977.
The picture shared on social media came along with a message from the singer. “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving,” she wrote. “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.” She concluded by writing, “I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”
The album titled Act I: Renaissance, is Beyoncé’s first solo studio album after Lemonade in 2016 and will be out a month later on July 29, featuring the single “Break My Soul” followed by 16 other tracks. In addition to what was revealed on her Instagram post, the 40-year-old also told British Vogue in a recent profile that the album was created during the pandemic and that it was filled with “ambitious” sounds and a lot of dance beats.