Ever wonder how subjects from iconic classical paintings would behave if they lived today? Hungary-based photojournalist Márton Neményi used his Photoshop skills to visualize just that. For his latest playful series, the artist re-worked classic masterpieces to superimpose famous faces—including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Grant Wood’s American Gothic farmer couple—into modern music festival scenes.
Neményi created his digital collages using photos he took at this year’s Sziget Festival in Budapest. “I imagined the bored Mona Lisa in front of the main stage, Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty doing some headbang, Ruben’s Andromeda getting in the mood, [and] the world’s most famous farmer couple listening to Arctic Monkeys,” he explains. “The result is almost like fine-art. Fine-crazy-art.”
Each art history mash-up is cleverly composed, blending each painterly subjects with the original photo’s natural lighting to create semi-believable scenarios. Renaissance, Modernist, and Impressionist “celebrities” are seen mingling with real-life crowds, relaxing on grass, and watching their favorite acts, perhaps leaving the other festival goers feeling starstruck!