- Photographer Derek Galon has recreated classic works of art by giving them a modern twist using real-life models
- The Canadian calls his body of work ‘Painterly’ and it features a variety of different scenes from old paintings
- Says they are not copies of the masterpieces but an homage to their ‘timeless excellence’
14:52 GMT, 22 May 2014
18:16 GMT, 22 May 2014
These may look like old masterpieces but with an iPad featuring in one, it becomes clear they are new modern takes on classic artworks.
Photographer Derek Galon has painstakingly recreated some of history’s most famous works using real-life models and giving them a modern twist.
He crafted the scenes by selecting props, costumes and even suitable models to look like the original work.
The photographer, from Victoria in Canada calls the body of works ‘Painterly’ and faetures scenes ranging from raucous taverns to gruesome dentists.
Mr Galon said: ‘When I studied fine arts, I was fascinated by old masters such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Titian, Brouwer.
‘I went back to fascinations of my younger years, creating a series of images in a painterly style. These are not copies of old masterpieces, but an homage to their timeless excellence.
‘My images take the essence of old canvasses – from early paintings of mythological characters, through masters of chiaroscuro, through romantic imagery of Pre-Rapahaelites – up to Surrealism.’
Pygmalion and Galatea: Derek Galon has painstakingly crafted scenes from masterpieces, in this case Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 19th century canvas, with a macabre update over the severed heads in the background
Galon’s modern re-creation of the classic masterpiece Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. One of the ‘medics’ is holding an iPad, giving the picture a modern twist
Rembrandt’s original oil canvas painting of Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Trup, painted in 1631. The original hangs in a gallery in Holland
Mr Galon’s modern interpretation of the many Ariadnes Thread paintings using modern day models
The photographer’s version of a Adriaen Brouwer painting. Brouwer was known for painting raucous scenes within taverns
The original Brouwer masterpiece, which formed the basis for the photographer’s tavern scene
A modern twist on the Italian Baroque painter Annibale Carracci’s the Beaneater
The photographer’s new modern take on Caravaggio’s classic painting the ‘Toothpuller’
Caravaggio’s the Toothpuller, which is thought to date back to the early 1600s
Mr Galon has entitled this modern take, which looks like a classic masterpiece, Appassionata
Mr Galon’s re-creation of Titian’s painting Venus of Urbino from the 1500s
Mr Galon said: ‘When I studied fine arts, I was fascinated by old masters such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Titian, Brouwer
The modern version of Pandora’s Box, posed by a model, left, with the classic masterpiece of the same name by Rosetti, right
A new interpretation of the Baroque Caravaggio image Saint and Sinners by the Canadian photographer
A homage to the Swiss painter Henry Fuseli, which Mr Galon has called ‘Monstrous Deception’
The paintings are described as a homage rather than straight copies of classic paintings. Left, is the work Knight of Might and right is the picture St Mary Magdalena