Renaissance is a term used to identify the period of the History of Europe approximately between the end of the XIV century and the middle of the XVI century. But does that mean we must travel back in time to see familiar faces in this era? Not necessarily!

Artists from the old site called Worth1000 (now Design Crowd) gathered in a photoshop battle of Modern Renaissance. The idea is to capture the moment and recreate famous paintings of Renaissance, but with a modern twist. That is, to digitally manipulate these paintings to have faces of 21st-century celebrities in them. 

Scroll down the page and see the best of this contest that has lasted for 15 years!

More info: designcrowd.fr

#1

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

This is a 1783 painting called Portrait of Alphonse Leroy painted by Jacques-Louis David. The main subject of this art piece is a doctor and man-midwife named Alphonse Leroy. As he looks towards the viewer, the doctor leans on a copy of Hippocrates’ Morbi mulierum, a book about women’s illnesses. Next to him stands a lamp (lampe à quinquet) which Leroy had invented himself. Both the book and the lamp are references to Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia, according to which these are the symbols of a study. 

#2

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

A painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer dated 1526 – The Portrait of Jakob Muffel. The subject of the painting was one of the dignitaries of the Nuremberg city. He was also a friend of Albrecht Dürer himself. The purpose of the portrait was not to produce an idealized version of Muffel, but to depict him with the highest possible degree of naturalism. Inscription in the top left reads – EFFIGIES JAKOBI MVFFEL AETATIS SVAE ANNO LV SALVTIS VERO MDXXVI.

#3

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

An Old Man in Military Costume is an oil on panel by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (about 1630-1631). Formerly this painting was called Portrait of Rembrandt’s Father. With this painting, Rembrandt continues to impress with a slightly disheartening layout of browns and grays. What is extraordinary about this painting might not meet the naked eye. Ever since 1968, ever more accurate x-ray scans have unveiled the existence of a second painting underneath this one. That of a young man in green. 

#4

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Here we see the Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter being used. Maria Alexandrovna engaged with many charitable organisations in Russia, particularly with the Red Cross. Thanks to her efforts, schools and colleges were set up for girls across the country. However, due to her fragile health, she lived a very reserved life especially in her late years. In the portrait, she is depicted elegant clad in lavish attire. There is also a slight incline of the head, a thoughtful gaze that hints towards the Empress’ immersion in her own internal world. 

#5

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Here is a 1785 self-portrait by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard – Self-Portrait with Two Pupils. Although, not visible in the image above, the portrait actually depicts the artist with her two pupils – Marie Gabrielle Capet and Marie-Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond. This piece of art comes from the time during which women had very little power, time where they didn’t commonly have a career other than that of a housewife. Adelaide was among the few female painters of her time. In the painting, Adelaide depicts herself in the process of painting, while her two pupils (notably, females, as well) look over her shoulder in awe. The painting, in a sense, is a declaration of how proud Adelaide feels about her craft and her own talent. She is talented enough that other people would aspire to be her pupils and learn from her. The artwork contains a powerful message about changing the role of women, the right to pursue a higher knowledge and creative freedom. Adelaide successfully reserved four places for women at the French Academy of Painting and Sculptures.

#6

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

In the picture above, we see a 1900 portrait by William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Avant le Bain (Before the Bath). Bouguereau was a French academic painter known for his paintings pertaining to a realistic genre, with a special emphasis on the female human body. His works also contain a fair portion of mythological themes and artist’s own modern interpretations of them. During his life, Bouguereau produced 822 paintings, however, the whereabouts of many are still unknown. 

#7

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

#8

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

The Portrait of Madame F by Edouard Louis Dubufe is an oil on canvas painting from 1850-1851. A pupil of his father, Dubufe was a portrait and figure painter, born in Paris. His works were popular, especially among the ladies, because of a smooth and elegant coloring and good finish. Although the above work is truly impressive, Dubufe’s best-known paintings are The Peace Congress of 1856 at Paris (1857,), and the Prodigal Son (1866).

#9

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

The Old Drinker is a portrait from 1661-1663 by Gabriël Metsu. Born into a family of a tapestry worker and painter, Metsu was a Dutch painter known for his history paintings, still lives, and genre works. The artist was very hard to pin down because of his eclectic tastes in art. Metsu was not known for consistency in style, technique, or one type of subject, at least not for long periods. 

#10

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

#11

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

#12

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

#13

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

#14

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

#15

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

#16

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

#17

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

#18

Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

#19

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

#20

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

#21

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

#22

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

#23

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

#24

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

#25

Jack Black

Jack Black

#26

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

#27

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

#28

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

#29

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

“This photo combines William Sidney Mount’s The Bone Player with the face of the actor, comedian, director, and musician, Donald Glover. William’s 1856 American painting portrays an African-American musician playing ivory instruments. It was painted five years before the Civil War. Donald Glover is a musician under the alias Childish Gambino. Childish Gambino is known for songs like “Redbone”, “3005”, and “This is America”. Donald Glover also created and stars in the award-winning TV show, Atlanta.”

#30

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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#31

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

#32

Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall

#33

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

#34

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

#35

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

#36

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

#37

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

#38

Lilly Cole

Lilly Cole

#39

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

#40

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

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#41

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

#42

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

#43

Lucy Liu And Danny Devito

Lucy Liu And Danny Devito

#44

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Note: this post originally had 78 images. It’s been shortened to the top 44 images based on user votes.

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