10 photos that show famous paintings in a very unusual light (14 photos)

28 March 2024
Category: painting, 16+

I will try to surprise you with photographs that are “outside the frame” of famous paintings, which will show them from an interesting side.

You've probably heard the hypothesis that famous works of painting have their legendary status, for the most part, not because of artistic features, but because of the history of creation, the personality of the author and the myths, stories or even misadventures associated with the paintings. That is, it is often not the picture itself that is important, but its context.

"The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci is in the most unobvious setting for the level of its legend

The great wall painting is located in the refectory room of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The image of George Washington on the $1 bill was taken from an unfinished portrait.

The so-called “Atheneum Portrait” of 1796 by the American artist Gilbert Stuart turned out to be so successful that it was immortalized in an extremely reliable way, despite its incompleteness.

Is this behind the scenes of some TV show? No, this is the reverse side of Rembrandt's painting "The Night Watch"

The painting, whose official title is “The Performance of the Rifle Company of Captain Frans Banning Cock and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburg,” has impressive dimensions: 3.79 by 4.53 meters.

"The Creation of Adam" is not so easy to find on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

This particular composition became extremely popular, although there was definitely someone to choose from.

In the same room with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, there are other paintings on display (probably very interesting ones)

Among them: “The Marriage in Cana of Galilee” by Paolo Veronese, as well as “Pastoral Concerto” and “Man with a Glove” by Titian. And in general, look how big this hall is. But it is named, of course, in honor of one specific painting measuring 76x53 cm.

“Guernica” by Pablo Picasso is not just a terrifying painting, but also a hugely terrifying one

But the extremely meme “Portrait of the Arnolfini couple” turned out to be surprisingly small

But not as much as “The Constancy of Time” by Salvador Dali

His immortal masterpiece in the original turned out to be the size of a photograph. Only 24 by 33 centimeters.

The triptych of Hieronymus Bosch “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and its outer doors look like something from “Star Wars”

A Death Star that's half empty/half full? In fact, it depicts the Earth on the third day of the biblical Creation.

Claude Monet and his huge canvases. Where should these be stored? An entire museum was built especially for them in Paris.

To store the large-scale “Water Lilies” painted by the classic impressionist, in 1927 the greenhouse building was converted into an art gallery (Orangerie Museum). With government money, by the way!

In the top photo, the French artist paints one of the paintings from the cycle in his home studio in 1920. His look seems to say: “Authorities of Paris, take this somewhere, I already want to start a new one.”

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