Sometimes the most realistically rendered masterpieces -- even those that best harness the depth of human emotions -- are a little hard to relate to. Thankfully, we've recently stumbled upon "ART X SMART," a Tumblr by Kim Dong-Kyu, that seems to bypass this conundrum in a particularly contemporary way, painting art history's beloved protagonists in a new, technologically-induced light.
The photo series takes art history's greatest hits and, erm, upgrades them with the latest technological gadgets, from iPhones to MacBooks and beyond. Suddenly art's most iconic moments are transformed into a barrage of selfies, uploads and the occasional cracked screen -- essentially, things the modern consumer can relate to.
Behold, art history with a little help from Steve Jobs and company. Let us know which masterpieces you'd like to see plugged-in in the comments.
1. 'Wanderer Above the Sea Of Fog' by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818
2. 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer, 1665
3. 'The Bedroom' by Vincent van Gogh, 1888
4. 'The Luncheon on the Grass' by Edouard Manet, 1862–1863
<5. 'Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velázquez, 1647–51
6. 'The Dream' by Pablo Picasso, 1932
7. 'L’Absinthe‘ by Edgar Degas, 1876
8. 'The Death of Marat’ by Jacques-Louis David, 1793
9. 'L'Homme Au Balcon’ by Gustave Caillebotte, 1880
10. 'Old Man in Sorrow' by Vincent van Gogh, 1890