Renaissance is a term used to identify the period of the History of Europe approximately between the end of the XIV century and the middle of the XVI century. But does that mean we must travel back in time to see familiar faces in this era? Not necessarily!

Artists from the old site called Worth1000 (now Design Crowd) gathered in a photoshop battle of Modern Renaissance. The idea is to capture the moment and recreate famous paintings of Renaissance but with a modern twist. That is, to digitally manipulate these paintings to have faces of 21st-century celebrities in them.

Although the contest is dubbed "Modern Renaissance", participants of this Photoshop battle chose creative freedom and used paintings that do not specifically pertain to the epoch of Renaissance. Among the submissions, you will find famous paintings from Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and other equally extraordinary periods.

From Rembrandt's self-portraits to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, these Photoshop wizards tamper digitally with the best artworks in art history. And while some works are undoubtedly better than others, the result is very entertaining, nonetheless.

Scroll down the page and see the best of this contest that has lasted for 15 years!

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#1

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

A painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer dated 1526 - The Portrait of Jakob Muffel. The subject of the painting was one of the dignitaries of Nuremberg city. He was also a friend of Albrecht Dürer himself. The purpose of the portrait was not to produce an idealized version of Muffel, but to depict him with the highest possible degree of naturalism. Inscription in the top left reads - EFFIGIES JAKOBI MVFFEL AETATIS SVAE ANNO LV SALVTIS VERO MDXXVI.

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple 2 weeks ago

Robi"m". Great picture but at least get the legend's name right.

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#2

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Here we see the Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter being used. Maria Alexandrovna engaged with many charitable organisations in Russia, particularly with the Red Cross. Thanks to her efforts, schools and colleges were set up for girls across the country. However, due to her fragile health, she lived a very reserved life especially in her late years. In the portrait, she is depicted elegantly clad in lavish attire. There is also a slight incline of the head, a thoughtful gaze that hints towards the Empress' immersion in her own internal world. 

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

She looks so soft and angelic.

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#3

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

This is a 1783 painting called Portrait of Alphonse Leroy painted by Jacques-Louis David. The main subject of this art piece is a doctor and man-midwife named Alphonse Leroy. As he looks towards the viewer, the doctor leans on a copy of Hippocrates' Morbi mulierum, a book about women's illnesses. Next to him stands a lamp (lampe à quinquet) which Leroy had invented himself. Both the book and the lamp are references to Cesare Ripa's Iconologia, according to which these are the symbols of a study. 

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

This look actually suits him.

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#4

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Here is a 1785 self-portrait by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard - Self-Portrait with Two Pupils. Although not visible in the image above, the portrait actually depicts the artist with her two pupils - Marie Gabrielle Capet and Marie-Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond. This piece of art comes from the time during which women had very little power, a time where they didn't commonly have a career other than that of a housewife. Adelaide was among the few female painters of her time. In the painting, Adelaide depicts herself in the process of painting, while her two pupils (notably females as well) look over her shoulder in awe. The painting, in a sense, is a declaration of how proud Adelaide feels about her craft and her own talent. She is talented enough that other people would aspire to be her pupils and learn from her. The artwork contains a powerful message about changing the role of women, the right to pursue a higher knowledge and creative freedom. Adelaide successfully reserved four places for women at the French Academy of Painting and Sculptures.

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Lois Arrowood 2 weeks ago

Michelle also played Lady DeWinter in one of the 3 Musketeer movies. This painting looks much like she did in that movie.

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#5

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

An Old Man in Military Costume is an oil on panel by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (about 1630-1631). Formerly, this painting was called Portrait of Rembrandt's Father. With this painting, Rembrandt continues to impress with a slightly disheartening layout of browns and grays. What is extraordinary about this painting might not meet the naked eye. Ever since 1968, ever more accurate x-ray scans have unveiled the existence of a second painting underneath this one. That of a young man in green. 

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MagicalUnicorn 2 weeks ago

the boss

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#6

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

In the picture above, we see a 1900 portrait by William-Adolphe Bouguereau - Avant le Bain (Before the Bath). Bouguereau was a French academic painter known for his paintings pertaining to a realistic genre with a special emphasis on the female human body. His works also contain a fair portion of mythological themes and the artist's own modern interpretations of them. During his life, Bouguereau produced 822 paintings, however, the whereabouts of many are still unknown. 

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

This doesn't really work, since the body is a child's

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#7

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Originally a 1794 painting by Jacques-Louis David - Self-Portrait.

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Ria Murphy 2 weeks ago

johnny depp completely looks natural here,,,

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#8

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

Yup, this one suits her because of the movie roles she generally plays. I presume that is meant to be John the Baptist’s head on a plate.

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Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Originally a 1794 painting by Jacques-Louis David - Self-Portrait.

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Pretty Pangolin 2 weeks ago

Well hello, handsome.

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#10

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Originally the Portrait of Alexey P. Melissino (1759-1813) by George Dawe. Painted not later than 1825.

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Tifferooski 2 weeks ago (edited)

Why does this work so well? Is it just me?

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#11

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

The original artwork is that of Frederic Leighton named A Roman Lady (1858). Frederic Leighton was an English painter and sculptor whose works portrayed historical, biblical, and classical themes and subjects. Leighton's peerage was the shortest-lived one in history. After only one day, his hereditary peerage became extinct when he died. 

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Jonny Chevalier 2 weeks ago

Very good!

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#12

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Originally Portrait of a Man by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known as Raphael.

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Fixin'Ta 2 weeks ago (edited)

He can do the best cocky/haughty look. This is great.

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#13

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

The Old Drinker is a portrait from 1661-1663 by Gabriël Metsu. Born into a family of a tapestry worker and painter, Metsu was a Dutch painter known for his history paintings, still life, and genre works. The artist was very hard to pin down because of his eclectic taste in art. Metsu was not known for consistency in style, technique, or one type of subject, at least not for long periods. 

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Jonny Chevalier 2 weeks ago

Yes!

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#14

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Originally Biondina painted by Lord Frederick Leighton (1879).

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Jonny Chevalier 2 weeks ago

She is almost to elegant for the dress.

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#15

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

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Jenny Woolard 2 weeks ago

this should be higher

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#16

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

The Portrait of Madame F by Edouard Louis Dubufe is an oil on canvas painting from 1850-1851. A pupil of his father, Dubufe was a portrait and figure painter born in Paris. His works were popular, especially among the ladies, because of a smooth and elegant coloring and good finish. Although the above work is truly impressive, Dubufe's best-known paintings are The Peace Congress of 1856 at Paris (1857,) and the Prodigal Son (1866).

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

Bahaha, he looks beautiful lol.

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#17

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Portrait of a Young Woman (1797) by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Madame Lebrun was a distinguished French portrait painter of the late 18th century. Generally, her style adhered to the elements found in the aftermath of Rococo and emergence of Neoclassical style. She served as the portrait painter to Marie Antoinette and in turn, created a name for herself which allowed her to enjoy the patronage of European aristocrats and to be elected to art academies in ten cities. 

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Marcin uścinowicz 2 weeks ago

Fit's perfect!

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#18

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Originally, one of the many Self-Portraits of Rembrandt (1660).

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This & That 2 weeks ago

Photoshop another one of him in there and he is Sylvester Sttogether.

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#19

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple 2 weeks ago

That Facial expression is hilarious😂😂😂😂😂😂

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#20

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

"This photo combines William Sidney Mount's The Bone Player with the face of the actor, comedian, director, and musician, Donald Glover. William's 1856 American painting portrays an African-American musician playing ivory instruments. It was painted five years before the Civil War. Donald Glover is a musician under the alias Childish Gambino. Childish Gambino is known for songs like "Redbone", "3005", and "This is America". Donald Glover also created and stars in the award-winning TV show, Atlanta.

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smerv 2 weeks ago

!!!

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#21

Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

Originally, one of the many Self-Portraits of Rembrandt (1660).

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Zaheen Muhammad 2 weeks ago

Now I want a movie with that exact look!

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#22

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Pretty Pangolin 2 weeks ago

I like this Amy Winehouse better than the other one.

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#23

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Original painting is by Edwin Georgi (American, 1896–1964) called In the Shade.

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Magic567 2 weeks ago

this actually suits her!

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#24

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Originally, a painting called Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia by Alonso Sánchez Coello.

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Spindlemaker 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, but.... the proportions seem off.

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#25

Jack Black

Jack Black

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

Jack black suits this style.

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#26

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

The original painting is by Rembrandt called Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Wide Brimmed Hat (1633).

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Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks 2 weeks ago

I don't think so. Too weird.

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#27

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

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dodo dudu 2 weeks ago

Cute

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#28

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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Magic567 2 weeks ago

I like the added rings!

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#29

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

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Jonny Chevalier 2 weeks ago

Interesting.

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#30

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Magic567 2 weeks ago

Nah, she would be in black!

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