STAR WARS Meets The Renaissance In These Amazing Paintings

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See how artist Riccardo Mayr incorporates the STAR WARS universe into these age-old paintings.

California art gallery Gallery 30 South is displaying an especially unique exhibit. Artist Riccardo Mayr has combined imagery from the Star Wars universe into original paintings from artists and eras such as the Renaissance. The results are stunning and unique, and speak to the impact that Star Wars has had across popular culture.

 “The purpose of this project is to integrate into original paintings from the 17th and 18th Century fictitious elements and characters taken from the popular culture of our times: the Star Wars saga. In so doing, we present religious faith and ethics in a post-modern paradigm largely embedded in fictional reality through a multi-generational exposure and fascination with successful science fiction movies. We also give back to figurative oil paintings a new path to a concept of truth … In most cases, the original paintings had sustained damage over centuries of non-archival storage with the cost of restoration exceeding their relative value, so more than just a mash-up of classical works from antiquity with contemporary pop, there is an element of art preservation and new relevance.” (Source)

Check out some examples of Mayr’s work below!

Riccardo Mayr, Arc of Constantine and Star Destroyer, after Franz Kaisermann, 1765–1833, etching with hand coloring. Courtesy of Gallery 30 South.

Riccardo Mayr, Neoclassical Landscape with Cloud City, after Franz Kaisermann, 1765–1833, etching with hand coloring. Courtesy of Gallery 30 South.

Riccardo Mayr, Neoclassical Landscape with Cloud City, after Franz Kaisermann, 1765–1833, etching with hand coloring. Courtesy of Gallery 30 South.

Riccardo Mayr, Unreasonable Threat of a Contemplative , after English School, 18th century Marine With Shipwreck. Courtesy of Gallery 30 South.

You can see more images from the exhibit – fittingly titled “Religious Paintings of the Expanded Galaxy” on Gallery 30 South’s website. Let us know if you have a favorite!

The exhibit runs through January 28th, 2018. (Source)

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