Cover Art: Surprising Recreations of Famous Paintings

The most iconic paintings of eras past can’t escape traveling the world economy class, as cheap Monet posters taped up on dorm-room walls and off-brand Rothko reproductions hanging in the living rooms of the gullible. But who said knockoffs couldn’t be creative? Some of our favorite songs are covers and mashups — just like the reimaginations of famous paintings after the jump. The “cover” artists featured below used everything from coffee to balloons to celebrities — everything but paint, really — to pay homage to the classic artworks that inspired them.

The “cover”: A Sugar Flower Cake Shop wedding cake [via Martha Stewart]

The inspiration: The 17th- and 18th-century still lifes of Dutch Golden Age artist Rachel Ruysch