The Mona Lisa Gets Inked: Classic Paintings Reimagined with Tattoos

Carly Syms


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The art of tattooing may be ancient – there are written references dating back to 5th century BC and examples of real tattoos have been discovered that are even older than that (Elsevier) – but oddly the appearance of tattoos in art, outside of photography, is rather rare. But what would the Mona Lisa look like with a chest piece? Would Marie Antoinette sport delicate flower work or would she opt for a pastel-pink cartoon cake? These are probably not questions that get asked everyday, but they definitely inspire some awesome mental images.

In his series “The Art of Tattoo” French graphic designer and painter, Nicolas Amiard reimagines classic paintings with a tattoo spin. He seamlessly merges two art forms that are traditionally kept an arm’s length apart. If you didn’t know the bodies in paintings were ink-free, you’d most likely believe the Photoshop work because it’s so spot on. Whether you’re a tattoo connoisseur, a lover of classic art (or both), your inky-dreams will be realized with the tattoo-overlays in the classic paintings below.

You can see more of Amiard’s work here, with images via The Creators Project.

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci
The Desperate Man, Gustave Courbet
The Desperate Man, Gustave Courbet

The Entombment of Atala, Anne-Louis Girodet
The Entombment of Atala, Anne-Louis Girodet
The Young Sick Bacchus, Caravaggio
The Young Sick Bacchus, Caravaggio
Marie Antoinette, Martin Van Meytens
Marie Antoinette, Martin Van Meytens
The Luncheon on the Grass, Édouard Manet
The Luncheon on the Grass, Édouard Manet
Venus, Alexandre Cabanel
Venus, Alexandre Cabanel
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt

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