Europeana Twinsies: Classic Masterpieces with a Twist

written by Neil on May 15, 2013 in Content and Europeana Art with one Comment

Today we have an exciting announcement to make.

Here at Europeana we are massive fans of Hawaiian artist and photographer Cheyne Gallarde, made famous through his self-portrait project entitled Universe of One. Funded via Kickstarter, his series of self-portraits transform him into an ever-expanding catalogue of characters. Inspired by the work of Cindy Sherman, he poses as a wide range of people, normally based on photographs that his fans send him of themselves – both male and female, of different ethnicities, and from different walks of life.

Cheyne posing as Vincent van Gogh in his first portrait for Europeana. Original – ‘Zelfportret’ by Vincent Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, public domain.

Eager to promote the creative re-use of Europe’s culture treasures, Cheyne has accepted our challenge to re-invent some European classic portraits that are available in Europeana. With only minimal make-up, lighting and props, Cheyne will recreate our best-loved images, starting today with a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh from the Rijksmuseum.

We have given him full reign over our public domain collections so over the next few weeks, we will be sharing  his recreations of Europe’s most recognisable faces. Then we are handing the control over to you – you decide his next challenge.

Can you guess who he will be next? Keep your eyes peeled!