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Photographer Freddy Fabris recreated Old Master paintings with a cast of car mechanics — and it’s so good!

Jamie Edwards

Stumbled across this online and think it’s great. Photographer Freddy Fabris decided to recreate a series of Old Master paintings as photographs, and in the place of Christ, disciples eating bread, seventeenth-century anatomists, etc., he used car mechanics from a garage in America’s Midwest. As Fabris explained to Huffpost:

For many years I wanted to pay homage the great Renaissance masters. Translating painting into photography was a challenge I looked forward to. I wanted to respect the look and feel of the originals, but needed to come up with a conceptual twist that would create a new layer to the original. To take them out of their original context, yet maintain their essence.

I’ve selected a few of my favourites below, and reproduced them alongside the original work that inspired Fabris; you can view the whole series here.

Fabris Anatomy 2

Fabris, Anatomy Lesson (from The Renaissance Series)


Rembrandt Tulp

Rembrandt van Rijn, Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp,1632; The Hague


Fabris Creation

Fabris, Creation of Adam (from The Renaissance Series)

Michelangelo Creation

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Creation of Adam (from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling)


Fabris Rembrandt

Fabris, Rembrandt-esque Portrait (from The Renaissance Series)

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Rembrandt, Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert, 1633; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam



Silly but funny? at The Louvre


Stumbled across this on t’internet and I’m conflicted. Is it brilliant? Is it terrible? Or just plain weird? I won’t know, maybe it’s all those things. I’ve gotta say that’s face super-imposed on the Old Masters is quite funny, but the new captions on the frames are better: “”! Even funnier still is the moment Scherzinger begins warbling as the Mona Lisa. 


On film: Monet, Renoir, Rodin and Degas (with beard game ratings)


Some videos here shared by Huffpost Arts & Culture, showing (separately) Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas at work in the studio, on the street etc. As a bit of fun, Priscilla Frank gives each artist a score for their beard game (in light of the exemplary examples of turn-of-the-century proto-hipster facial hair that each artist is sporting–in case you’re bothered, Monet wins, with a score of 8.9 for his stonking beard).






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