12 Incredible Paintings Of Your Favorite Rappers Set In The 17th Century

How ya livin’ Biggie Smalls? In palaces and horse-drawn carriages giving gold bullions to my friends and it feels stupendous.

Amar Stewart is a British artist who painted a series of portraits of hip-hop legends as if they were as if they were living in Europe during the “Golden Age.”

Amar Stewart

The 29-year-old just completed a residency at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn.

“The idea was to fuse the two things I love the most: hip-hop and the Great Masters’ works of art,” Stewart told BuzzFeed in an email. “Music has such an impact on us, I wanted to show these icons in the grandest light.”

Amar Stewart

These are his incredible interpretations:

1. Jay Z as “Young Man Holding a Skull” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

2. Nas as “Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, in a Black Coat” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

3. Rick Ross as “Portrait of a Man” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

4. Mary J. Blige as “Portrait of a Woman” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

5. Eminem as “Portrait of a Man with Hat” by Frans Hals.

6. Action Bronson as “The Laughing Cavalier” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

7. Tupac as “Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull” by Frans Hals.

Amar Stewart

8. Wu-Tang Clan “Vanitas Still-Life with a Bouquet and a Skull” by Adriaen van Utrecht.

Amar Stewart

9. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes as “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by Jacques-Louis David.

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10. Notorious B.I.G. as “King Henry VIII” by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Amar Stewart

11. Stewart’s interpretation of MF DOOM.

Amar Stewart

12. And what ?uestlove would look like as a 17th-century portrait.

Amar Stewart

You can check out more of Amar Stewart’s paintings and his other work on his website.

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