Angelina Jolie

The winner of the contest--Renaissance Angelina by Bruno Sousa.

Angelina Jolie

Scarlett of Austria inspired by François Clouet.

Angelina Jolie

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Keanu Reeves

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Adele

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Zach Galifianakis

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Hugh Laurie

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Steve Carrell by François-Xavier-Pascal Fabre

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Sean Connery

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Alec Baldwin by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Jessica Biel

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Leonardo DiCaprio by Van Gogh

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Michael C. Hall by Henry Inman

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Robert Downey Jr. by Jacques-Louis David

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Taylor Swift

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Penelope Cruz

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Mr. Bean by Albrecht Dürer

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Mama June

Tom Hardy inspired by Rembrandt.

Mama June

Natalie Portman as Hortense de Beauharnais.

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See Celebrities Reimagined As Renaissance Masterpieces

A digital image manipulation contest produces a gallery of mashups of modern-day celebrities and old paintings.

Sometimes, when the light hits their chiseled features just the right way, it’s easy to see how certain celebrities could transcend traditional placement in tabloid magazines and might have inspired a timeless masterpiece hanging in a museum (sometimes less so).

Worth1000.com is an image manipulation site that holds contests to see who’s got the best on-theme Photoshop skills. These contests occasionally involve celebrities, as the one held last October in which users created images of famous bros like Nic Cage and Tom Hanks as beautiful ladies. There’s still some gender-bending in the latest contest--hello, Keanu Reeves in a dress--but the main object is to insert celebrities into works of Renaissance art (yes, some of the entrants applied a liberal interpretation to Renaissance--many of the paintings spill out of that time period).

Some of the examples insert celebrities into the role of model for a famous painting--Angelina Jolie, for instance makes a striking Girl With the Pearl Earring in a version of Vermeer’s classic. Other examples reimagine an artist’s self-portrait instead, with Leonardo DiCaprio filling in for Vincent van Gogh. Taken as a whole, the collection presents ubiquitous faces and old masterpieces in a new light.

Have a look through more of the paintings in the slide show above.

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  • astrojetta

    Angelina Jolie is not the "Girl with the Pearl Earring", but rather "Portrait of a Woman" by Van Der Weyden.