Ertan Atay

What if famous paintings were real photos”

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The work of Turkish artist Ertan Atay cannot go unnoticed. He digitally creates powerful and provocative images, often combining famous masterpieces, cultural icons and celebrities. His prolific career, which also includes graphic design, fashion, TV production and the direction of his own creative agency, contributes to his unique style.

The series “What if famous paintings were real photos” originated from a simple premise: how would famous paintings look if we converted them into real photographs? “Many applications that exists today convert our photographs into many different drawing types and pictures. And we all enjoy it. So I wanted to do it in reverse,” Ertan explains. Recreating the original models is a delicate process. Unlike photographs, portrait paintings are not literal depictions of their subjects. In the creative process, painters often modify proportions and details. Ertan took this as a challenge, and he certainly nailed it. He was able to bring Van Gogh’s self portrait, the girl with a pearl earring, and the Mona Lisa to life! 

We can’t wait to see Ertan’s future creations!

Vincent Van Gogh Self Portraits

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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, 1665

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Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, 1503

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More of Ertan's works

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