Super Heroes in the Renaissance

What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White? French photographer Sacha Goldberger‘s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art. Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character. The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to “fix” their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible. As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us.

“Victorian Wars” by Terry Fan

Terry Fan is a Canadian illustrator based in Toronto. He mostly works with ink, graphite and Photoshop. He is specialized in print, illustration for children books and t-shirt design. Today’s post features one of his series called “Victorian Wars”. Terry portrays the Star Wars characters dressed in fashion from mid 1800s to the early 1900s. Have fun!

Historical Figures in the Modern World

A group of artists led by historian Suzanne Lipscomb decided to dream up how might look like famous figures of English history in our time. And now we have an opportunity to see unexpected portraits of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and admiral Nelson. This project is similar to another great project Celebrities in the Renaissance. So if you like this one then you should check both! Have fun!

Renaissance Portraits by Christian Tagliavini

These Renaissance nine portraits are parts of photo project called “1503” created by by Swiss/Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini. Taking 13 months to complete this project was inspired by the masters of the Renaissance, notably Agnolo di Cosimo ( known as “Il Bronzino”) who was born in the same year as the title. All characters are portrayed in striking handcrafted clothes made by Tagliavini himself. From beginning to completion Tagliavini’s work is a labour of love. He admits that he enjoys the process as much as the resulting photograph. Enjoy!

Celebrities in the Renaissance

Today we want to blow your mind with the following experiment. Let’s imagine that now is the Renaissance. How would look celebrities in the Renaissance? Artists from creative website worth1000.com have tried “to catch the moment” and show us famous paintings but with modern celebrities in the main roles. All these new characters are without celebrity plastic surgery and some of them look very natural in their new roles. Check them out!