Haroun Binous, an artist from Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, is bringing the emperors back to life in a series of hyper-realistic illustrations. Combining facial recognition AI, Photoshop, and historical references, Binous is reviving all the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Valentinian III.
People sit in a bar. A woman’s face eerily lit green, stares at viewer. At the Moulin Rouge, 1892/95 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Fashionable people stroll along rainy Paris street holding umbrellas Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 Gustave Caillebotte
Impressionist painting of steam engine in glass roof station, blue, green hues Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877 Claude Monet
Jesus hung on a brown cross, with his feet on a small ledge. He has white fabric around his waist. The background is black which highlights him. The Crucifixion, 1627 Francisco de Zurbarán
A crashing wave looms over two small ships, Mount Fuji in the background. Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)”, c. 1830/33 Katsushika Hokusai
Painting of the Virgin Mary ascending to heaven amongst multitude of angels. The Assumption of the Virgin, 1577–79 Domenico Theotokópoulos, called El Greco
Colorful pastel painting of two wheat stacks casting long shadows across field. Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890/91 Claude Monet
Impressionist painting of green water lilies, purple and blue reflection Water Lilies, 1906 Claude Monet
Still life painting of fruit, wine bottle, and bread on disheveled tablecloth. The Basket of Apples, c. 1893 Paul Cézanne
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced a redesign of its website, which entails the opening of its digital archive to the masses. Now, anyone will be able to download, print, or use its new public domain collection of 52,438 artworks and counting. Read more
Chinese Sculpter Liu Xue created a beautiful series of human-animal hybrids that he calls “We Are The World.” Most feature obese caricatures of bald men supported under the legs of walruses, bull frogs and pigs. Others include lithe contortionists with bird legs, and a wispy crooked man shrugging over a poised greyhound body.
It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. But now archaeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port. Read more
German artist Wolfgang Stiller created the ‘Matchstickmen’ using head molds that he had laying around his studio. The giant matchsticks created of thick pieces of lumber are standing or lying in the room. The faces are all different and meant to look as if they simply emerged in the wood after burning each flammable tip.
Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki creates sculptures from the unexpected materials like electrical tapes, toothbrush bristles or towels. His recent works like “Floating Reflected Temples” (below) made of Japanese cypress exhibited on The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
Victoria Peak (a mountain in Hong Kong) on a roll of vinyl electrical tape by the artist Takahiro Iwasaki. Read more