6 Classical Paintings In A Black Light (Literally)

Old Masters are so pre-19th Century. Brilliant artist Kehinde Wiley first gave traditional paintings a fresh new look for an art series that turned into a book with the same name: Black Light. Here, Wiley’s paintings are juxtaposed side-by-side with the originals, effectively transcending mere parody by addressing issues of cultural heritage and identity in a way that’s both amusing and thought-provoking. Basically, you can be smart and think these are funny. posted on

1. Portrait of Doctor Samuel Johnson

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Left: Kehinde Wiley, “After Sir Joshua Reynolds’ ‘Portrait of Doctor Samuel Johnson,’” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), “Portrait of Dr Samuel Johnson

2. Cicero’s “On Friendship”

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Left: Kehinde Wiley; Abiel McIntosh (left) Mark Shavers (right), “After Pontormo’s ‘Two Men with a Passage from Cicero’s On Friendship,’” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557), “Portrait of Two Friends

3. King Charles I on the Hunt

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Left: Kehinde Wiley; Sharrod Hosten, “After Sir Anthony van Dyck’s ‘Le Roi à la Chasse,’” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), “Le Roi à la Chasse

4. King Charles I and Henrietta Maria

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Left: Kehinde Wiley; Dion “OJ” Bey (left) Wale Ajiboye (right), After Sir Anthony van Dyck’s “King Charles I and Henrietta Maria,” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), “King Charles I and Henrietta Maria

5. Penitent Mary Magdalene

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Left: Kehinde Wiley; Jerry Valdes, “After Titian’s (Tiziano Vecellio) ‘Penitent Mary Magdalene,’” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Titian (1488-1576), “Penitent Mary Magdalene

6. The Virgin with the Host

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“After Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ ‘The Virgin with the Host,’” published by powerHouse Books

Right: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), “The Virgin of the Host

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