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Inspired by Art History

It is astonishing to see how art draws its inspiration from itself, again and again. Already in ancient times painters stole recurring motifs from their competitors, which gave rise to the Corinthian style and to numerous frescoes, some of which have survived. Later, in the 15th and 16th centuries, Flemish painters were honoured for the purity of their oil paintings and the innovation of their technique: this was the case of Jan Van Eyck and Vermeer, for example. Later it was the neoclassical painters who took up both the themes and models of antiquity. Coinciding with the discovery of Herculaneum and the exhumation of buried statues and ceramics, a veritable frenzy of interest in antiquity swept through the European upper classes and aristocracy of the time. Art, furniture and fashion were inspired by the famous painters and sculptors of antiquity.

But there were not only these respectful tributes, and there were also many pastiches to denigrate the works of the masters. The most recent version of this is perhaps the Instagram account Classic Art Memes, which floods the net with classical paintings turned into abstruse contemporary scenes, or the 3D animations of classical art masterpieces in the short programmes of the television channel Arte.

It now seems illegitimate to claim to be avant-garde, to know one's art history classics and to produce a work of art that does not refer to previous works, or to a global artistic movement, such as the Bauhaus in architecture, Dadaism or abstraction in sculpture and painting. Of course, this injunction must be nuanced and understood from a distance, and one should not hesitate to draw inspiration from and question previous artistic creations. 

Will you be able to recognise them all? Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl, Rodin's The Thinker, Delacroix's Freedom Leading the People, Titian's Venus of Urbino, Cézanne's Card Players, Monet's Water Lilies, Duchamp's Fountain... so many masterpieces that seep through the works selected by Artsper. Often comical, the artists hosted by our partner galleries have not finished surprising you. Homages, pastiches, winks, borrowings or quotations... these works claim a reference to the past of art history. A past that is constantly being updated through contemporary art and that condenses the pioneering theories of artistic revolutions. Avant-gardists, revolutionaries, dissidents... the ancestral figures of the artistic field continue to mark the minds and the brushes.

Artsper zooms in on these works that weave their webs over the paintings that have shaped the face of art history and still fascinate artists and collectors today.

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The Death With A Pearl, MobiClint

The Death With A Pearl

MobiClint

Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 inch

£876

La jeune fille à la perle, Marie KVK

La jeune fille à la perle

Marie KVK

Painting - 47.2 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch

£4,024

Sorry Jeff, Samsofy

Sorry Jeff

Samsofy

Photography - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

£1,341

La jeune fille à la perle - golden, Marie KVK

La jeune fille à la perle - golden

Marie KVK

Painting - 47.2 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch

£3,756

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël, Muriel Matt

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël

Muriel Matt

Painting - 15.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

£1,073

Contre Goliath, Kapea

Contre Goliath

Kapea

Painting - 35.8 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch

£1,207

La larme de Demeter, Smoka

La larme de Demeter

Smoka

Painting - 76.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

£1,788

À Marat, Luz

À Marat

Luz

Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 inch

£1,699

The milkmaid, Unglik original, signed by the artist, Richard Unglik

The milkmaid, Unglik original, signed by the artist

Richard Unglik

Photography - 23.6 x 23.6 x 1 inch

£713

Arlequin à la pomme, Fabien Gäng

Arlequin à la pomme

Fabien Gäng

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

£849

A Date With Mona Lisa, Volker Mayr

A Date With Mona Lisa

Volker Mayr

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.6 inch

£2,235

Reduced Soup Can, Zedsy

Reduced Soup Can

Zedsy

Print - 19.7 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch

£1,337

Notre Dame tu nous gardes, Marie Burel

Notre Dame tu nous gardes

Marie Burel

Photography - 23.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

£1,073

Mona Lisa, Ira Kub

Mona Lisa

Ira Kub

Painting - 47.2 x 31.5 inch

£2,235 £2,012

American Pop, Sahara

American Pop

Sahara

Painting - 49.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

£1,341

The last Supper, Unglik original, signed by the artist, Richard Unglik

The last Supper, Unglik original, signed by the artist

Richard Unglik

Photography - 13.4 x 23.6 x 1 inch

£669

Portrait myope Rodin 1, Guy  Oberson

Portrait myope Rodin 1

Guy Oberson

Fine Art Drawings - 16.5 x 24.4 inch

£2,325

Diane se défendant contre un satyre, Emmanuel Flipo

Diane se défendant contre un satyre

Emmanuel Flipo

Painting - 32.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

£3,577

Série Blanche - Untitled N°05, Alain Polo

Série Blanche - Untitled N°05

Alain Polo

Photography - 23.6 x 31.5 x 2 inch

£2,683

The unicorn is free, David Carey

The unicorn is free

David Carey

Photography - 18.1 x 11.8 x 0 inch

£224

Yo! Mona, X Pow, JP Malot

Yo! Mona, X Pow

JP Malot

Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

£626

Luxury Raft N°2/9, Marabout

Luxury Raft N°2/9

Marabout

Print - 31.5 x 47.2 inch

£2,593

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II), Antoine Tempé

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II)

Antoine Tempé

Photography - 23.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch

£2,683

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed, Ske

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed

Ske

Sculpture - 25.2 x 22 x 3.9 inch

£581

Mona Cola, Max.L

Mona Cola

Max.L

Painting - 28 x 28 x 0.4 inch

£2,681

Autoportrait en Allégorie de la Peinture d’après Artemisia Gentileschi, Iconographia

Autoportrait en Allégorie de la Peinture d’après Artemisia Gentileschi

Iconographia

Photography - 11.8 x 9.4 inch

£313

Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, David Crismon

Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine

David Crismon

Painting - 79.9 x 59.8 x 2.8 inch

£11,625

On the Map Andy Warhol’s Portrait in 3D, Pablo Caviedes

On the Map Andy Warhol’s Portrait in 3D

Pablo Caviedes

Painting - 60 x 60 x 20 inch

£53,490

Vermeerlism - ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Roco Studio

Vermeerlism - ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’

Roco Studio

Print - 43.3 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch

£536

Mona Lisa, Gab95

Mona Lisa

Gab95

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£179

Gucci dreams, Helen She

Gucci dreams

Helen She

Painting - 31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

£984

Le David, Kapea

Le David

Kapea

Painting - 45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch

£1,475