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Classic Paintings done in Lego
Following on from my Hubs detailing some of the Classic Album Covers done in Lego and Classic Beatles Albums done in Lego, here's another look at what people that have far too much time on their hands and are into Lego can get up to.
Yes its Classic Paintings done in Lego or Lego Masterpieces if you will. Everything from The Mona Lisa in Lego to Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe has been legoized. Some of the masterpieces are just photoshopped with a few Lego Minifigures to give it a bit of Lego Stylee, whereas others have gone the whole hog and recreated these masterpieces in Lego bricks.
This is my tribute to all those talented Lego artists out there who have devoted a moment of their day to recreate some truly great and iconic artwork.
What better place to start than Leonardo Da Vinci's La Gioconda or Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is so well known and parodied, and sought out by visitors to the Louvre that it is considered to be the most famous painting in the world.
So what better way to show your true Lego artistry than to make a copy in Lego style. So Lisa del Giocondo is replaced with a Lego minifigure and the background is filled in with coloured lego blocks to recreate this 16th century masterpiece. Truly the work of Legonardo Da Vinci.
Mona Lisa puzzle available on Amazon
The Last Supper
The next cab off the rank is Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. This is Leonardo's 15th century masterpiece depicting his vision of The Last Supper mentioned in Johns Gospel about the last days of Jesus.
This artwork has been lovingly recreated in full lego style with minimal photoshopping so all the disciples have been replaced by minifigures with full beards and hair. The long white table has been made out of Lego bricks and the table has been laid with Lego wine goblets and food. This is real labour of love and a real work of art.
The Last Supper Jigsaw puzzle on Amazon
Now for something more contemporary and that is Grant Wood's Amercian Gothic. The painting gets its name from the Gothic Architecture in the background, whilst the foreground shows the kind of people Wood thought would live in the house, a farmer and his spinster daughter.
This masterpiece is another more straight forward lego artwork with the figures replaced by Lego minifigures and a few blocky type things photoshopped on. However the finished product is still intriguing none the less.
American Gothic Puzzle on Amazon
Staying with contemporary art we move on to the 19th Century masterpiece The Scream by Edvard Munch. This expressionist painting is again very recognisable and a number of different versions of it exist.
The lego version of The Scream is pretty much a Lego minifigure done in the Munch style so that it blends in as a whole and I think looks pretty good.
The Scream Puzzle available on Amazon
Belvedere was a Lithograph made by the Dutch artist Escher in the 1950's. This is one of a series of pictures that shows a plausible looking building which turns out to be impossible, all of the lithographs in this series represent two dimensional images that are free of the confines of the three dimensional world.
The Lego variation of Eschers Belvedere is a wonderful 3-D representation, although it can't obviously replicate the impossibility of the original drawing it does a very good job of appearing to show the true concept. The artwork is completed by adding a number of minifigures to the scene. A really nice touch is the prisoner behind bars in the bottom left.
Belvedere Puzzle available from Amazon
Warhol's Marilyn Diptych
Another iconic artwork from the 20th century is Andy Warhols Marilyn Monroe Diptych, a silkscreen print of many heads of the famous actress, all in slightly different colour variations.
The lego version of this artwork replaces the Marilyn figure with a Lego Minifigure to pay homage to Warhols artistry. I reckon its actually an improvement on the original but then that is just my opinion.
Andy Warhol Marilyn Puzzle on Amazon
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is another iconic piece of 20th Century American art, and is probably Hopper's most famous painting, as well as being one of the most recognizable paintings in American art. Hoppers style of almost cinematic artwork was often copied or alluded to and the painting has been parodied by many people such as the Simpsons and was the inspiration behind Tom Waits album Nighthawks at the Diner.
The Lego version of Nighthawks perfectly captures the theme and ambience of the original painting and the whole masterpiece has very cleverly been made in Lego bricks in the correct colour and the whole finished piece has also been shown with the correct lighting.
Nighthawks Puzzle available on Amazon
Golconde is a surrealist painting done by Rene Magritte from the 1950's. The painting depicts a lot of overcoat wearing men falling like drops of rain against a normal backdrop of some buildings.
The lego version of this artwork has very neatly and cleverly replaced Magrittes men with Lego minifigures but not only that extra attention to detail has been included by superimposing lego brick shapes on the buildings to give it that full Lego look and feel.
Oath of the Horatii
The Oath of the Horatii was an 18th century neoclassical artwork painted by Jacques-Louis David. The painting depicts a Roman Salute by the three sons of Horatius on their swords showing that they would defend Rome to the death. The painting was commissioned by King Louis XVI of France shortly before the start of the French Revolution.
The Lego version of this painting is one of the truest Lego representations on offer here as its pure Lego, right down to the building walls and all the minifigures and Lego swords.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 17th century masterpiece painted by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer is a relatively unknown painter and not much is known about either him or his other work. However his painting of an unknown Girl is extremely well known
The Lego version of the Girl with a Pearl Earring is another wonderful swap of the original model with a Lego Minifigure.