Madonna’s album cover channels Frida Kahlo and Pyotr Pavlensky

Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite, Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. Madame X was painted at the request of Sargent.

It’s also Madonna’s new album title. The visual of the cover most likely references Frida Kahlo and the controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky. Pyotr nailed his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square in 2014 and notably sewed his mouth shut in 2012 to protest the trial of Pussy Riot.

Live Nation and Maverick have announced a series of rare and intimate performances to take place exclusively in theatres, giving fans an opportunity to see Madonna in an environment like they never have before.

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, the Coliseum in Lisbon, the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal and fado music over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin and Portuguese music and culture.

The video for I Rise features dance movements influenced by Martha Graham’s choreography. Madonna is known for taking classes at Martha Graham’s studio in the late 70s when she thought she would become a professional dancer (which she kinda of became).