The Renaissance was a period immediately following the Middle Ages in Europe that saw a great revival of interest in the classical learning and values of ancient Greece and Rome. Renaissance art can be traced to Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. it reached its zenith in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, in the work of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Now imagine what these artworks would be like today if they appeared in our modern world.
That’s what Pakistan-based creative agency Serial Kolor has done with this tongue-in-cheek series that reimagines old paintings as Instagram posts. Serial Kolor paid plenty of attention to the details of each re-interpretation. The reimagined social media snapshots have retained their colour, while the rest of the canvas on the Renaissance art has faded — as if to represent their age.
“We made it like as the first craftsman transferred those a very long time prior,” says Serial Kolor.
The characters in this Renaissance art have been reimagined to be in modern-day hilarious situations. Serial Kolor has chosen a couple of renowned vintage Greek artistic creations and modified them with insane inscriptions and hashtags. For example, some of them are shown to be taking selfies or posing with their BFFs. Timestamps like ‘8134w’ have even been included to reflect each artwork’s creation more than 150 years ago. Take a look at the series below:
In the original Renaissance art “Roman Carnival” by Orlov Pimen Nikitich, this man is holding what could actually be a circa-1859 blunt.
In Peter Paul Rubens’ circa-1638 oil on canvas “The Judgement of Paris,” Mercury’s golden apple gets swapped for a smartphone.