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Art History Masterpieces Reimagined as Hand-Sewn Embroidery

embroidery painting of famous artworks

Over the past few years, embroidery has made a comeback in a major way. For many artists, it’s taken the place of paint—now, they render their imagery in thread rather than with pigment on canvas. But, the tie to fine arts is never fully gone. In fact, artists have translated brush strokes as thread to recreate and celebrate works from art history. They’re now a unique hybrid known as embroidery painting. Here, elements of color theory and shading are incorporated with stitches to build the same depth and form that you’d find in the source painting.

This type of embroidered art history is a beautiful homage to individuals like Van Gogh, whose highly textured approach translates perfectly into stitches. In his works like The Starry Night and Self Portrait, the likenesses achieved from the embroidery artists is uncanny. Every stitch seemingly represents a stroke of paint and captures the spirit of Van Gogh’s iconic art.

Check out more embroidered art history, below.

The Starry Night (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

embroidery painting of famous artworks

The Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

Embroidered Mona Lisa by Jamie Chalmers

Embroidered interpretation by Jamie Chalmers

Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh

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Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

embroidered van gogh portrait

Embroidered interpretation by Ezgi Pamir

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

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Photograph of Frida Kahlo

frida khalo embroidery art

Embroidered interpretation by Nadya Guseva

Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889) by Vincent van Gogh

van gogh embroidey art

Portrait of Joseph Roulin by Vincent van Gogh

van gogh embroidey art

Embroidered interpretation by Lisa Smirnova

Head of a Woman by Picasso

picasso head of a woman

Head of a Woman by Picasso

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Embroidered interpretation by Sew Appalled

Water Lilies by Monet

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Left: Water Lilies by Monet | Right: Embroidered interpretation by Thimble Thistle

Where the Wild Things Are (1963) by Maurice Sendak

where the wild things are illustration

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the wild things are embroidery

Embroidered interpretation by Lisa Smirnova

Where the wild things are embroidery

Where the Wild Things Are (Detail)

Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) by Andy Warhol

andy warhol soup can

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

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Embroidered interpretation by Diane Irby

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