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Classical Superstars

What would some pop icons of our time have been like, if they lived in a more “classical” past? How would painters like William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Anthony van Dyck or Leonardo da Vinci have portrayed them?

Leaving aside the possible hypothesis that maybe they would not have become icons at all — maybe not encountering some social variants or many other coincidences that can affect the destinies of every human being, albeit charismatic — French digital artist Kyès has replaced the faces of portraits by old masters, creating really interesting and appreciable mixes.

Iggy Pop – from Salvator Mundi (c. 1499–1510)
by Leonardo da Vinci (Attributed)
Mick Jagger – from Self-Portrait (1778/1779) by Anton Raphael Mengs
Johnny Depp
Vanessa Paradis
Éric Cantona – from Portrait of Paweł Grabowski (1788-1789) by Johann Baptist von Lampi the Elder
Björk – from Head of a Girl by Gustave Jean Jacquet
Amy Winehouse
Kurt Cobain – from Thomas Fortescu (1767) by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
Madonna – from Elégante au collier de perles by Konstantin Razumov
Jimi Hendrix – from Portrait of a Violinist by Louis-Michel van Loo (Attributed)
Daft Punk – from Charles l (1630s) by Anthony van Dyck and Portrait of a Man in Armor (1558) by Circle of Antonis Mor van Dashorst
Iron Man – from Portrait of Ambrogio Spinola (ca. 1628) by Anthony van Dyck
Lil Nas X – from Portrait of a Young Lady (ca. 1620) by Paulus Moreelse
Eminem – from St. Francis of Assisi (1643) by Jusepe de Ribera
Rihanna – from A Court Beauty by Gustave Jean Jacquet
Snoop Dogg
Tony Montana / Al Pacino
Carrie Fisher / Princess Leia – from Portrait of Gabrielle Cot (1890) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Charlotte Gainsbourg – from Le retour du marché (1873) by Émile Munier

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