Five Famous Paintings Recreated in Cool Ways

Recently we made a post about Lara Volkonskaya, a silk painter who recreates famous paintings as homage. Today we’re interested in recreations of a different sort, homages that are a little more unconventional, but notable for their creativity and execution. Since yesterday we joked about the Mona Lisa, today we’ll start with some interesting remake of that work of art.

Davinci’s Mona Lisa recreated with Cups of Coffee

In August of 2009, the Mona Lisa was recreated with 3,604 cups of coffee, as well as 564 pints of milk at the Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney Australia. The image was created by adding different amounts of milk to cups of black coffee with the effect of creating the different sepia shades that make up the composition. It was seen by 130,000 visitors to the one day coffee event.

The Mona Lisa is probably the most common painting to be recreated, and has been documented to have been remade with train tickets, legos, and burger grease, just to name a few.

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait recreated with Leeks

This is part of a collection of famous portraits that were recreated with vegetables. Some of them are absolutely stunning. And edible!

Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks recreated in 3D

This Youtube user rebuilt Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks using Simple Life. There are so many recreations of the painting, including one by Gottfried Helnwein with Elvis, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean, but this recreation is extraordinary in that it It’s pretty extraordinary in that it digs through the mystery of the original, and tries to gain a new perspective into this world by giving the characters motion and life.

Munch’s The Scream recreated with Cardboard Boxes

Mark Langan, a native Ohioan, made this recreation of Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, entirely out of cardboard boxes. What is unique about this recreation is how the different textures of the boxes give the piece a very 3d quality. The corrugation on the bridge gives direction and mimics the wood boards that make up the bridge in the original. The different kinds of cardboard were taken from five different boxes. Because of how the cardboard is layered, the piece measure 2.25 inches in depth at its thickest point.

Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring recreated in a Hollywood poster

This is a poster of a picture of a woman who plays the part in a film that recreates the story of a painting for which a different woman once posed. When one considers the circuitous way that this image was produced, it seems a little unconventional.

Most famous paintings that have become icons have been recreated in some form or another because they inspired artists, who wanted to express their inspiration in their own unique way. New recreations arise all the time as ideas are recycled, revived, and changed in ways that become works of art in their own right.


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