Inspired by Art History

Climax 01, Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 01

Juan Cobo Escorial

Photography - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

$656

Love from a distance II, Otto Constantin

Love from a distance II

Otto Constantin

Painting - 39.4 x 47.2 inch

$3,281

Il sofa rosso, Aleardo Villa

Il sofa rosso

Aleardo Villa

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,859

Genius Loci 10, Roberto Cotroneo

Genius Loci 10

Roberto Cotroneo

Photography - 27.6 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$3,828

Jeune fille à la perle 2.021, Valérie-Anne Bertin

Jeune fille à la perle 2.021

Valérie-Anne Bertin

Painting - 18.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch

$3,828

Me me me, Neon Dynasty

Me me me

Neon Dynasty

Print - 27.6 x 22 x 0.1 inch

$645

Giuditta, omaggio a Lucas Cranach, Alexander Daniloff

Giuditta, omaggio a Lucas Cranach

Alexander Daniloff

Painting - 11.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch

$284

Suzy Solidor & Tamara de Lempicka, Marie Serruya

Suzy Solidor & Tamara de Lempicka

Marie Serruya

Sculpture - 15.7 x 11.8 x 9.4 inch

$3,500

Girl with a Pearl, Ger Doornink

Girl with a Pearl

Ger Doornink

Print - 34.3 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

$973

God Mothers of Tomorrow - Portrait of Ourika, Samira Saidi

God Mothers of Tomorrow - Portrait of Ourika

Samira Saidi

Photography - 23.4 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,531

Mona Lisa YO!, JP Malot

Mona Lisa YO!

JP Malot

Painting - 21.7 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch

$437

Tribute to Hexa Dali, Priscilla Vettese

Tribute to Hexa Dali

Priscilla Vettese

Painting - 5.1 x 5.1 x 0.2 inch

$77

Le Cri, Samsofy

Le Cri

Samsofy

Photography - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$175

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

$4,921

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël, Muriel Matt

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël

Muriel Matt

Painting - 15.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

$2,187

Contre Goliath, Kapea

Contre Goliath

Kapea

Painting - 35.8 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,476

C'est la pipe d'Albert, Jordi Sàbat

C'est la pipe d'Albert

Jordi Sàbat

Painting - 16.1 x 10.6 inch

$820

White heart on a white square, Stanislav Bojankov

White heart on a white square

Stanislav Bojankov

Print - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch

$87

David, Monsieur Mollotov

David

Monsieur Mollotov

Painting - 45.7 x 35 x 1 inch

$3,281

Police Line, Romain Dorez

Police Line

Romain Dorez

Painting - 39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch

$744

Montem Exhibuit kylix skateboard, Rom av.JC

Montem Exhibuit kylix skateboard

Rom av.JC

Painting - 30.3 x 22.8 x 2 inch

$787 $662

Waiting for my love, Theophilus Chima

Waiting for my love

Theophilus Chima

Painting - 48 x 36 x 1 inch

$3,500 $3,150

The theft of the Mona Lisa, Vladimir Kolosov

The theft of the Mona Lisa

Vladimir Kolosov

Painting - 30 x 24 x 0.125 inch

$3,110

Histoire de femmes 5, Florence Dussuyer

Histoire de femmes 5

Florence Dussuyer

Painting - 59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch

$9,843

Sorry Jeff, Samsofy

Sorry Jeff

Samsofy

Photography - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$1,640

Café Hermine, d'après la Dame à l'hermine de VINCI, Catherine Clare

Café Hermine, d'après la Dame à l'hermine de VINCI

Catherine Clare

Painting - 24 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

$1,969

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed, Ske

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed

Ske

Sculpture - 25.2 x 22 x 3.9 inch

$711

La Bohême, Clara Crespin

La Bohême

Clara Crespin

Fine Art Drawings - 25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

$875

Opalina, Portfolio of 9 photographs, Michael James O'Brien

Opalina, Portfolio of 9 photographs

Michael James O'Brien

Photography - 66 x 51 x 0.1 inch

$12,000

Habib Frida, Suzi Fadel Nassif

Habib Frida

Suzi Fadel Nassif

Painting - 39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch

$13,670

L'Ascension, Patrick Moya

L'Ascension

Patrick Moya

Painting - 39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch

$4,593

Léda et le Cygne, Patrick Moya

Léda et le Cygne

Patrick Moya

Painting - 39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch

$4,593

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II), Antoine Tempé

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II)

Antoine Tempé

Photography - 23.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch

$3,281

Forward Backward, Ronnie Jiang

Forward Backward

Ronnie Jiang

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

$3,500

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

$875

Mona Lisa, Unglik original, signed by the artist, Richard Unglik

Mona Lisa, Unglik original, signed by the artist

Richard Unglik

Photography - 26.4 x 19.7 x 1 inch

$700

Portrait myope Rodin 1, Guy  Oberson

Portrait myope Rodin 1

Guy Oberson

Fine Art Drawings - 16.5 x 24.4 inch

$2,843

À Marat, Luz

À Marat

Luz

Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 inch

$2,078

Sérigraphie Mona Lisa II, Vincent Sabatier

Sérigraphie Mona Lisa II

Vincent Sabatier

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$219

Sérigraphie Mona, Vincent Sabatier

Sérigraphie Mona

Vincent Sabatier

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$219

Girl with a pearl earring, Mariam Olubunmi

Girl with a pearl earring

Mariam Olubunmi

Painting - 30 x 24 x 1 inch

$1,800 $1,620

Le cri, Thierry Seldubuisson

Le cri

Thierry Seldubuisson

Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

$1,312

The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Oliver Ney

The Girl with a Pearl Earring

Oliver Ney

Painting - 36.6 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch

$4,593

La larme de Demeter, Smoka

La larme de Demeter

Smoka

Painting - 76.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

$2,187

Climax 04, Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 04

Juan Cobo Escorial

Photography - 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch

$273

Climax 02, Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 02

Juan Cobo Escorial

Photography - 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch

$273

A Date With Mona Lisa, Volker Mayr

A Date With Mona Lisa

Volker Mayr

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.6 inch

$3,281

Songe, Didier Ferré

Songe

Didier Ferré

Sculpture - 10.2 x 5.5 x 3.5 inch

$875

Sphinx, Geoffrey Callènes

Sphinx

Geoffrey Callènes

Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$1,969

Le chemin de l'Artiste, Geoffrey Callènes

Le chemin de l'Artiste

Geoffrey Callènes

Painting - 25.6 x 21.3 x 0.2 inch

$1,859

Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, David Crismon

Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine

David Crismon

Painting - 79.9 x 59.8 x 2.8 inch

$14,217

Sir John Mennes, David Crismon

Sir John Mennes

David Crismon

Painting - 59.8 x 40.2 x 2.8 inch

$9,296

Notre Dame tu nous gardes, Marie Burel

Notre Dame tu nous gardes

Marie Burel

Photography - 23.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

$1,312

Champagnes!, Nathalie Lemaître

Champagnes!

Nathalie Lemaître

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$4,046

Crystal Ball (After Waterhouse), Cristobal Valecillos

Crystal Ball (After Waterhouse)

Cristobal Valecillos

Photography - 72 x 48 x 1.2 inch

$8,800

The Death With A Pearl, MobiClint

The Death With A Pearl

MobiClint

Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 inch

$1,072

Death of Marat, Cristobal Valecillos

Death of Marat

Cristobal Valecillos

Photography - 48 x 60 x 2 inch

$8,360

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

$383

Reduced Soup Can, Zedsy

Reduced Soup Can

Zedsy

Print - 19.7 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch

$1,500

Delacroix X Manet #230, Céline Pierzchala

Delacroix X Manet #230

Céline Pierzchala

Painting - 12.2 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch

$131 $118

À la lueur d'une bougie, Valérie-Anne Bertin

À la lueur d'une bougie

Valérie-Anne Bertin

Painting - 16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch

$4,375

Les Fantômes de l'Atelier, Nathalie Lemaître

Les Fantômes de l'Atelier

Nathalie Lemaître

Painting - 38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch

$5,906

Je m'en fous, Neon Dynasty

Je m'en fous

Neon Dynasty

Print - 27.6 x 22 x 0.1 inch

$645

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

$655

Loving Versace – Homage to Haring, Garotto

Loving Versace – Homage to Haring

Garotto

Sculpture - 59.1 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch

$38,277

Le David, Kapea

Le David

Kapea

Painting - 45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch

$1,804

Seed III, Desert Flower, Medium Print, Guilherme Licurgo

Seed III, Desert Flower, Medium Print

Guilherme Licurgo

Photography - 35 x 23 x 0.1 inch

$2,500

Mes marquises, Eric Crémer

Mes marquises

Eric Crémer

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

$2,187

Grèce sur les ruines, Roland Lesluin

Grèce sur les ruines

Roland Lesluin

Fine Art Drawings - 35.8 x 24 inch

$1,072

Cygnange, LN Le Cheviller

Cygnange

LN Le Cheviller

Print - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$142

My Body, My Temple, Sahara

My Body, My Temple

Sahara

Painting - 46.9 x 25.2 x 0.8 inch

$875 $437

Gucci dreams, Helen She

Gucci dreams

Helen She

Painting - 31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$1,203

La liberté guidant le peuple (avec un AK47), Lord Wilmore

La liberté guidant le peuple (avec un AK47)

Lord Wilmore

Painting - 45.7 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch

$1,956

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

Sold

Lady with an Ermine Visiting Rothko, Nataliya Bagatskaya

Lady with an Ermine Visiting Rothko

Nataliya Bagatskaya

Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch

Sold

Mona Lisa. The other side, Egle Karpaviciute

Mona Lisa. The other side

Egle Karpaviciute

Painting - 30.3 x 20.9 x 0.8 inch

Sold

American Pop, Sahara

American Pop

Sahara

Painting - 49.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

Sold

Lisa Visiting Mondrian-3, Nataliya Bagatskaya

Lisa Visiting Mondrian-3

Nataliya Bagatskaya

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch

Sold

Portrait flamand, Daniel Airam

Portrait flamand

Daniel Airam

Painting - 25 x 23.4 x 1.6 inch

Sold

Indigo Gets Up, The Dotmaster

Indigo Gets Up

The Dotmaster

Print - 35.4 x 13.8 x 1.2 inch

Sold

Apollon, Smoka

Apollon

Smoka

Painting - 45.7 x 31.9 x 1 inch

Sold

Barques à Saint-Tropez, Yvonne Canu

Barques à Saint-Tropez

Yvonne Canu

Painting - 18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch

Sold

Marilyn, Rojas León

Marilyn

Rojas León

Print - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

Sold

La Source, Iconographia

La Source

Iconographia

Photography - 13.2 x 9.5 inch

Sold

Mona Lisa, Ira Kub

Mona Lisa

Ira Kub

Painting - 47.2 x 31.5 inch

$3,281 $2,625

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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