Photoshop Artists Flawlessly Recreate 4 Famous Masterpieces with Adobe Stock
In 1990, thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. In 2016, Indian artist Ankur Patar faithfully recreated the painting using 236 stock images, without ever leaving Photoshop.
Patar is part of the Adobe Make a Masterpiece campaign, a project which challenged four digital artists from the Behance community to faithfully re-create lost, stolen or destroyed art using just Adobe Stock assets. It also challenged them to revisit their assumptions about the creative potential of stock assets.
“I approached the re-creation the same way Rembrandt would have, starting with the sky and working forward from there,” said Ankur Patar, who used 236 stock images to re-create The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. “This is a dream project for me, and I hope it inspires other artists with the possibilities of Adobe Stock.”
The other three Make a Masterpiece digital artists and their assigned pieces of art include:
Karla Cordova (Ecuador) and Frida Kahlo’s The Wounded Table
Jean-Charles Debroize (France) and Caravaggio’s Saint Matthew and the Angel
Mike Campau (US) and Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Cathedral Towering Over a Town
It’s impossible to assess the monetary value of these artworks, but pieces by these painters fetch between $5M-137M at auction. While we may never be able to enjoy these masterpieces, the result of Patar, Cordova, Debroize and Campau’s intricate and tedious hard work is four authentic reproductions of the paintings that could pass for the originals. Although if you look closely enough, you might notice that Patar took a few artistic licenses with his assignment.
“One of the portraits in the painting is a self-portrait of Rembrandt. I wanted to add my own self-portrait,” he confesses.
Watch the video below to get a glimpse into Patar’s creative process (and to spot his Easter egg):
Visit the Make a Masterpiece website for an interactive look at all four artworks, including the stock libraries, layers and techniques that breathed new life into these missing masterpieces.