Rap Albums Re-imagined as Renaissance Paintings

If rap albums were created by Renaissance artists, this is what they would look like.


Images by Simon Jones

2013 was a year of art history remixes. From Tumblrs like Beyonce Art History and The Carter Family Portrait Gallery to music videos packed with art historical references, last year the art world and music worlds collided. We decided to take this rap/art fusion one step further by creating our own versions of iconic rap albums using the works from Renaissance masters. What would happen if Leonardo Da Vinci created Jay Z's The Blueprint 3? How about if Caravaggio's Medusa was the Goblin on the cover of Tyler, The Creator's album? We won't ruin the list for you, but let's just say that our version of Yeezus features an obvious, divine reference. See all the hilarious mash-ups in our list of Rap Albums Re-imagined as Renaissance Paintings.

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Jay Z, The Blueprint 3 meets Leonardo da Vinci Codex Atlanticus

Kendrick Lamar, Section 80 meets Jan Davidsz de Heem Still Life: A Banqueting Scene (1670s)

Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being II meets Joris Hoefnagel Studies of Flowers and Butterflies (1590)

Clipse, Til the Casket Drops meets Fra Angelico Funeral of the Virgin Mary (1430)

Tyler, the Creator, Goblin meets Caravaggio Medusa (1596)

Ab-Soul, Control System meets Leonardo da Vinci Vitruvian Man (1490)

Big Sean, Hall of Fame meets El Greco St. Dominic Praying (1588)

Mac Miller, Watching Movies with the Sound Off meets Leonardo da Vinci The Last Supper (1494-98)

Kanye West, Yeezus meets El Greco Christ Carrying the Cross (1580s)

Drake, Nothing Was The Same meets Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Virgin and Child (1466-1516)

A$AP Ferg, Trap Lord meets Michelangelo The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (1508)

Danny Brown, Old meets Titian Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos (1533)

Pusha T, My Name is My Name meets Lucas Cranach Amorous Old Woman and Young Man (1522)

Migos, YRN meets The Lady and the Unicorn

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