Leonardo Da Vinci

Clever Photoshops of Contemporary Magazine Covers Into Classic Artworks

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Filipino artist Eisen Bernard knows Tilda Swinton belongs in a work of art — which is why he Photoshopped her into one, along with dozens of other celebrities featured on magazine covers, for his Tumblr Mag + Art. The concept is simple and the execution flawless: highly stylized magazine portraits are blended seamlessly into masterworks from the likes of John Singer Sargent, Jacques-Louis David, and Rene Magritte. Click through to see for yourself that Achilles has never looked better than with James Franco’s face. All images courtesy of Eisen Bernard.
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Adam Lister’s ‘8-Bit Watercolors’ Apply Crude Digitization to Masterful Paintings

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The history of painting may seem somewhat cyclical: from the two-dimensional baseness of hieroglyphics to the Renaissance’s perspective-prizing realism to impressionism’s fuck-you to imagistic perfection and back to crudeness with Cubism and Abstract Expressionism’s crusade against form, then back and forth simultaneously with postmodernism’s rehashing of everything, the passing millennia suggest that constant visual evolution spurs a distorted form of death and rebirth. Adam Lister’s 8-Bit Watercolors (spotted via Colossal) include reproductions of iconic paintings and images that deform paintings like Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring by applying early digital visuals to pre-digital works — layering proverbial lens upon proverbial lens. Appearing at once more modern and more antiquated than their imitated subjects, these Nintendo and Atari-inspired paintings reveal the easy conflation of obsolescence and novelty among decontextualized works, subjecting us to a dizzying form of artistic and technological time travel.
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Illustrater James Gulliver Hancock Collects Famous Artists’ “Detritus” in Single Portraits

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Taking a break from his ambitious goal of sketching every building in New York City’s five boroughs — homes to the world’s most sophisticated vinyl-sided façades — Brooklyn-based illustrator James Gulliver Hancock has captured the essence of famous artists through his topographic portraiture of quirks and curious tidbits. In his illustrations, featured on Hyperallergic and soon to be published by Chronicle Books, we see these Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Dreamers turned inside out, featured next to the jumble of events, belongings, ailments, and idiosyncrasies that, alongside their art, helped solidify their icon status. From da Vinci’s penchant for grave-digging to Frida Kahlo’s affair with Trotsky to Yoko Ono’s purchase of Dali’s mustache hair, Hancock’s illustrations attempt to join the scattered puzzle pieces of identity. 
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10 Famous Artworks That Remain Lost

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Van Gogh’s Sunset at Montmajour sat in an attic in Norway for six decades, believed to be a fake, but the 1888 landscape painting has finally been authenticated as the real deal. We brought you news about the discovery earlier this week when we surveyed rediscovered paintings by famous artists — those that were pegged as copies or fakes, but turned out to be originals. Now we’re looking at famous artworks that remain lost. Many pieces of fine art are stolen or destroyed, but we’re putting the focus on the works that continue to be a complete mystery, whereabouts unknown.
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