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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.”

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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.

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  • By Jarrett - 1:46 AM on June 24, 2016  

    What was the total cost of the stock images used in this production composite?

  • By Will Rogers - 1:43 AM on June 29, 2016  

    These are stunning works of art, but the small scale of the web versions doesn’t really show the detail and the hundreds of hours put into them…

    Are there any plans to print them out and display them? I would love to see an exhibition of them, even if just the 4 made so far!

  • By Roy Reveltas - 12:08 PM on June 29, 2016  

    I feel copying masterpieces being a designer is like going to karaoke being a singer. It’s not forbidden, but as an activity it’s worthless, maybe except for students maybe to hone the technique.. But that’s me.

    • By Erkan Cetin - 9:03 PM on June 29, 2016  

      That’s what exactly I would say:)

    • By Draconis - 7:02 AM on June 30, 2016  

      That’s just it, this was an exercise to show you the power of Adobe CC and Stock.

  • By Stephanie Dunlap - 8:31 PM on June 30, 2016  

    I love adobe stock. We looked into using it at work, for extended licensing.. but it would cost us 60,000 a yr for the same amount of pictures other offer for 5K. I REALLY hope they fix this hole.. I LOVE their images. Their content beats all the other sites hands down.

  • By Tammy - 8:49 AM on July 14, 2016  

    I love Adobe stock and would love to use it but the cost is way too high.
    9.99 per image?? I can get images for $0.99 per image
    The price should be way lower or when you’re a CC member and already paying $50 a month then the images should be included in that for free or maybe give an option that CC members can pay a extra $10 a month for unlimited photos or something. Already paying a monthly fee and don’t want to be paying $9.99 per image or $50 a month for only 10 photos a month. I love Adobe but that’s a bit crazy with prices