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Artist Ed Wheeler injects festive fun into classic paintings

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By Euronews
Artist Ed Wheeler injects festive fun into classic paintings

An artist is making a name for himself by injecting some festive fun into classic works of art.

American Ed Wheeler, dressed as Santa, has been embedding himself into famous paintings, such as Botticelli, Da Vinci and Caravaggio.

Wheeler researches hundreds of paintings to identify ones that beckon a “Santa intervention”.

Once a painting is selected, Wheeler embarks on a multi-step process to fully integrate Santa into the lighting, brushstrokes and tonal values of the work. The lighting in the studio must match that of the original artwork – this is critical to maintaining the fidelity of the original.

His work was exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art between October and December 2013.

  • Napoleon Crossing the Alps

    Inspired by: Jacques-Louis David

  • The Vitruvian Man

    Inspired by: Leonardo da Vinci

  • The Birth of Venus

    Inspired by Sandro Botticelli

  • The Death of Socrates

    Inspired by Jacques-Louis David

  • Supper at Emmaus

    Inspired by Caravaggio

  • At the Moulin Rouge

    Inspired by: Henri de Toulouse-Lautre

  • The Art of Painting

    Inspired by: Johannes Vermeer

  • The dance class

    Inspired by: Degas

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