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Doting Dad Recreates Famous Paintings With His Newborn Daughter as the Subject

Frida Kahlo Painting and Baby Portrait Recreation

Welcoming a child into the family is a momentous occasion, and many parents choose to commemorate their baby's first months with a photoshoot. Brazilian visual artist Lucas de Ouro decided to do just this—but with an art-historical twist. Rather than hire a photographer to take traditional newborn photos, the adoring dad recreated famous paintings with his now 18-month-old daughter Letícia as the subject.

De Ouro was inspired by three iconic works from history: Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, and Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser by Frida Kahlo. From his daughter’s costumes to the photo backgrounds, each reimagined image is full of details that match the original painting. The only difference is that little Letícia takes the place of all of the famous faces.

Photographed while she’s sleeping, peaceful Letícia looks as picture-perfect as a painting. In the recreation of Kahlo’s self-portrait, the tiny baby wears her iconic flower crown and a hand-shaped earring. In the Da Vinci-inspired piece, a cute pout replaces Mona Lisa’s famous smile. In the retouch of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Letícia wears the subject’s navy blue headband, brown shawl, and of course, the famous pearl earring.

De Ouro had to get creative with some of his edits to account for the age difference between the subjects. In the case of the Mona Lisa-inspired image, he writes on Instagram (translated), “I spent some fun hours in post-production of this image and tried to get very close to the tones of the painting.” He adds, “The secret of a photo like this is the details and the big trick was to darken the veil, because Letícia still doesn't have that hair, right?!”

Check out the adorable series below.

Father and visual artist Lucas de Ouro recreated famous paintings with his 18-month-old daughter Letícia as the subject.

 

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

The Girl With The Pearl Earring

“Girl with a Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, 1665 (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Baby Face in Famous Paintings by Lucas de Ouro

De Ouro's recreation

 

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa

“Mona Lisa,” by Leonardo da Vinci, 1503 (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Baby Face in Famous Paintings by Lucas de Ouro

De Ouro's recreation

 

Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - Self-portrait 1940

Baby Face in Famous Paintings by Lucas de Ouro

De Ouro's recreation

Lucas de Ouro: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Lucas de Ouro.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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