American humorous illustrator Rodney Pike has undertaken an awesomely silly project. He’s been using his Photoshop skills to insert the singularly goofy face of British entertainer Rowan Atkinson in character as Mr. Bean into a variety of portraits by the Old Masters. Judging by the lacy panties held in the hands of Thomas Howard (top image), painted by Hans Holbein the Younger in 1539, Pike sometimes tinkers with more than the faces in the portraits.

If it weren’t for the befuddled expression forever worn on Mr. Bean’s face, these images could be a taste of additional series of Blackadder we’ve always wanted.

Pike says he plans to complete 30 pieces for his Mr. Bean Collection, so keep an eye on his website or DeviantArt page for additional pieces.

[via Ego-AlterEgo]

The Museum’s greatest old master painting, Rogier van der Weyden’s diptych, presents the Crucifixion as a timeless dramatic narrative. Explore our online gallery to see how other artists, including Thomas Eakins, Marc Chagall, and Paul Strand, have taken various approaches to this sorrowful religious subject.

The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning,” c. 1460, by Rogier van der Weyden


This is pretty incredible: Dutch paintings recreated using thousands of photographic and scientific specimens by artist Michael Mapes

With hundreds of tiny photographic fragments, gelatin capsules, magnifiers, plastic bags and insect pins, New York artist Michael Mapes (previously) creates collages that are equal parts portraiture and scientific specimen. For his latest works Mapes used photographs of paintings by Dutch masters Rembrandt, Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy and others as inspiration for large scale specimen boxes. The deconstructed photos along with myriad other materials have effectively been transformed into a collage of a painting of a person. Of the work Mapes shares:

The samples are part of my most recent series of work examining Dutch Master Portraiture. In this work, I deconstruct the original subject, in both a figurative and literal sense by dissecting photos of a painting and considering ways in which the parts might serve to inspire new parts within the reconstruction to suggest unique and complex meanings. I’ve done these works with the use of a visual metaphor suggesting a pseudoscientific method specifically working with materials and processes signifying entomological, biological and forensic science.

Artist: Stepan Alekseev -What a fantastic piece. Women are easy for male artist to reproduce, at least through motivation, as any trip across Tumblr (let alone the entire World Pipes) will show.  Therefore, while being a fan of the female form myself, I am very pleased to find pieces that are beautiful or are moving where a female is not the primary focus. This one is great, and has nearly an Old Masters style to it.