In response to the Museum of Modern Art’s new video game exhibit, Team Coco has decided to show us what some famous paintings would look like if they starred some of our favorite video game characters. Turns out, they look awesome. A lot of them are funny, but we’d be careful about laughing at Master Chief’s Mother, since she’s probably got a Needler underneath that frock.
Check out these takes on famous paintings by Da Vinci, Dali, Whistler, Magritte, and Warhol. Are there any famous paintings you’d like to see replaced with video game characters?
No. 1 | Mariona Lisa
Of course there's the old rumor that the Mona Lisa is really Da Vinci in drag, but we like this take on it even better. I wonder if there will be a follow-up where Mario is wearing Princess Peach's gown.
No. 2 | Master Chief's Mother
James McNeill Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 is better known as Whistler's Mother. Mother already looked pretty hardcore, and adding a Master Chief helmet really drives that point home. Clean your room, or get tagged with a plasma grenade.
No. 3 | The Chun-Li Diptych
Be still my heart. Nine Chun-Lis in one painting. Andy Warhol died a few months before the first Street Fighter was released, but if he was alive when Street Fighter II came out, he may very well have painted something very similar to this.
No. 4 | The Persistence of Pac-Man
We don't know if Salvador Dali every played Pac-Man or other video games, but looking at this version of his The Persistence of Memory makes us wish he had. Imagine what a melty, surrealist version of Q-Bert would have looked like.
No. 5 | The Son of Kong
René Magritte's The Son of Man is an often parodied painting, but this might be our favorite so far. The original was a self-portrait, which raises the question of whether Donkey Kong painted this himself. This version of the painting would also have made that scene in The Thomas Crown Affair remake where all the people in the museum put on bowler hats a lot more interesting. Gorilla masks and bowler hats are a lot more interesting than bowler hats with no gorilla masks. We've done the research.
(via Team Coco)
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