Brothers Carlo and Andrea Marvellini, founders of Foto Marvellini, created this fun and impressive series of vintage photographs that reveal the hidden ancestry of many superhero and pop-culture characters of today. From Darth Vader to Catwoman to Popeye, the creative mixed media series is a glimpse into a fabricated past and is inspired by an Albert Einstein quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
The Marvellini brothers choose the perfect old photographs to transform into a family heirloom. Each final piece, placed into an ornate frame to give an additional sense of history, is a combination of classic and hilarious! The two artists have an incredible attention to detail and form surprising, fantasy narratives that are extremely captivating. I always wondered about my own distant relatives, but never considered that Batman, too, had a lengthy family tree.