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More Classical Paintings Seamlessly Invade Our Modern-Day World

Classical Paintings Photo Manipulation Digital Art Alexey Kondakov

Art history enthusiast and talented designer Alexey Kondakov creates composites that blend classical paintings with contemporary settings. As a part of his ongoing practice, he continues to cleverly place painted figures in photographs taken around modern-day Europe.

Like his past work, his more recent studies juxtapose centuries-old Italian art with unexpected urban backdrops. Though one may expect that the beautifully blended oil paint of each figure would sharply contrast the gritty realism of the photographs, Kondakov expertly combines them into seamless scenes. With an eye for composition, the artist is able to situate his subjects in settings that match their positioning, whether they’re seated, standing, or even flying. This attention to detail culminates in a collection of perfectly placed, time-traveling figures.

In addition to this observant, artistic approach, Kondakov is able to create the composites thanks to his photo manipulation skills. Like many top digital artists, Kondakov uses Photoshop to craft each work of art. If you’re interested in following in his lead and learning how to produce your own digital art, be sure to check out our hand-picked selection of pertinent online courses. And, for endless inspiration, follow Kondakov on Instagram.

Photo manipulation master Alexey Kondakov continues to place figures from classical paintings in contemporary scenes.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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