Bizarre Mash-Ups of Renaissance Paintings and Contemporary Photos

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In a series of digital paintings, Vienna-based artist Dorothee Golz mashes up portraits by Renaissance and Dutch Masters artists like Albrecht Dürer and Johannes Vermeer with contemporary advertising images and street-style shots. This may sound like just another Internet-art gimmick, but there’s something singularly thought-provoking about the project. Golz’s skill means that the famous girl with a pearl earring looks entirely natural in jeans and heels, and, in an appropriation of his self-portrait, Dürer could be just another long-haired hipster out for a stroll with his girlfriend. While it isn’t clear whether highlighting the timelessness of human faces is the point of this project, that’s certainly what we got out of it. Click through to see a selection of Golz’s digital paintings, and visit her website for more of her work.

Dorothee Golz, The Pearl Earring, 2009, diasec, c-print, 188 x 140 cm. Spotted via Thaeger

Dorothee Golz, Punks Madonna

Dorothee Golz, The Unconcerned, 2007, diasec, c-print, 180 x 140 cm

Dorothee Golz, Dürer with Girlfriend, 2010, c-print / diasec, 180 x 143 cm

Dorothee Golz, Maria with the ginger hairs, 2010, c-print / diasec, 60 x 45 cm

Dorothee Golz, Young Men in Front of Cy Twombly, 2010

Dorothee Golz, A.D., 2006, diasec, 85 x 60 cm

Dorothee Golz, Steeple-Hat Woman, 2005, diasec, 60 x 45 cm

Dorothee Golz, Maria with Blue Coat, 2005, diasec, 60 x 45 cm

Dorothee Golz, The Peculiar, 2008, diasec, c-print, 110 x 82 cm