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What If Famous Faces from Iconic Paintings Invaded Pop Culture

Pop Culture Art History Composites Dan Cretu

Artist Dan Cretu has put a pop culture twist on the trend of transforming age-old masterworks into modern works of art. In his most recent series, he combines 21st century subject matter with classic iconography, culminating in a clever and quirky collection of photographs.

Like Cretu’s silly signature projects, this humorous series conveys his longterm interest in creating composites. Unlike his older works, however, these pieces showcase not only his artistic talents, but his knowledge of art history. Pairing painted figures—like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Sandro Boticelli’s Venus, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait —and scenes with television shows like Friends, well-known chains like McDonalds, and popular events like music festivals, Cretu bridges the gap between the past and present in a surprising yet seamless way.

In addition to experimenting with art and pop culture, Cretu enjoys exploring other amusing themes in his creative composites. While he initially specialized in food sculptures, he has since shifted his focus to current events and critiques. From social media symbolism to political motifs, these themes showcase the artist’s awareness and understanding of contemporary culture—and demonstrate the vast amounts of fun he has with it!

Artist Dan Cretu creates quirky composites that blend pop culture with art history.

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All images via Dan Cretu.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is an art historian living in Paris. Born and raised in San Francisco, Kelly 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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