Bringing Art to Life

Have you ever stared at a painting long enough that you could almost see Degas‘ ballerinas pirouetting on stage? Or perhaps you’ve stared at a self-portrait of Rembrandt long enough to see him walk out of the painting?

Art was always my favourite subject in school. Nevertheless, I decided not to take art history during my undergraduate degree, fearing that tedious lectures on fine art would deter me from enjoying art therapeutically. Instead, you’ll always find me visiting art museums or galleries wherever I go. I’d like to share with you some links of how art has been brought to life by these wonderful artists and art-aficionados:

Art as Gifs

BEAUTY – Rino Stefano Tagliafierro takes well-known paintings and animates them. I have not been able to find the links of the images as gifs but you can see some examples in the video.

Andrea Taylor – I found out about this artist through my ballet teacher in Vancouver. I believe she had attended one of our classes once so she could create new videos/gifs of dancers. Andrea illustrates and animates her own paintings. Aren’t they good?

Art as Movies

Loving Vincent – Loving Vincent is a project to create a documentary of Vincent Van Gogh through his paintings and the characters in them. It is due to be completed this year, the 125th anniversary of his death (29 July 1890). Really looking forward to this one.

Tim’s Vermeer (2013) – A documentary film on inventor Tim Jenison’s efforts to discover how Vermeer was able to paint with photographic realism during the 17th Century. I haven’t seen it yet but from the trailer, it looks quite fascinating!

The Mill and the Cross (2011) – A film inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder‘s painting The Procession to Calvary, and based on Michael Francis Gibson‘s book The Mill and the Cross. It is told from Bruegel’s point of view on the suffering of Christ against the backdrop of the religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. I did not get a chance to finish the film but it’s been very interesting so far to see the characters in the paintings brought to life.

Know of any more projects that bring art to life? Let me know!

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