An image referring to another image could be considered as a picture-in-picture, making use of social connotations from one image to the other.
In that case the the whole picture is never shown on paper but instead created in the sphere of our imagination.
From the beach series by Rineke Dijkstra
‘The birth of Venus’ Borticelli
Japaneese oil painting
Even though quite simplified compared to the original, R.D. ‘beach series’ is composed to visually refer to the Borticelli classic effectively. yet very subtle.
The key to restaging an image successfully is to identify the core elements that ‘make’ the picture. This will allow a more simplyfied version of the original, something which when having limited resources is something to aim for.