The Locations That Inspired Famous Oil Paintings THEN & NOW. See the painting, see the location.
Famous Oil Paintings Re-Interpreted With TILT-SHIFT Photography
Famous oil painting locations, THEN AND NOW. See the actual sites today that inspired artists to set up their easels and paint their famous oil paintings. Having scouted the globe to find the spots the painters were at, we photographed them as they appear today. Compare side-by-side photos of the original work of art and present-day images. As you look at the Then and Now comparison photos, we will point out any interesting facts or strange inconsistencies. How accurate or creative were the artists' depictions of the actual locations they painted?
Then and Now, celebrated artworks and their location photos might inspire you to look at art differently. You will see that some places are ordinary, nothing special, yet, they were able to make them into extraordinary works of art. By comparing the actual settings with the artwork, you will see what they experienced 100, 200, and 300 years ago. Enjoy our collection of notable oil paintings and their true-life location photos.
See Famous Oil Paintings re-interpreted with Tilt-Shift Photography
Can a renowned oil painting be re-interpreted in a new way? Using museum oil paintings, we decided to try to see what would happen. We have taken some of the world's finest oil paintings by the most famous painters and, using tilt-shift photography and selective focus, have made a fantastic, new interpretation of some of their classic artwork.
Nothing has been added or removed from any of these oil paintings; the effect is achieved simply by simulating depth of field and perspective control, also known as Tilt-Shift Photography, adjusting an area of the painting to make it more focused while making the foreground or background less focused. As you can see, the results can range from the appearance of miniaturization to that of 3-D. We are sure you will discover several paintings as you have never seen them before. Artists have been re-interpreting oil paintings for centuries, and that is what these new painting photos do, providing a fresh perspective on these masterpieces.
Take a fresh look at Tilt-Shift paintings by many painters such as; Achenbach, Bierstadt, Constable, El Greco, Guillaumin, Picabia, Turner and of course, Tilt-Shift Van Gogh.
Oswald Achenbach Market Square in Amalfi.
Oswald Achenbach Market Square in Amalfi Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.
This painting was done in 1876. It does resemble the present-day facade because the front exterior was modified in 1891 after the first one caved in.
It is made of striped marble and stone, with open arches that have lace detailing not found in Italian sacred architecture. It also has a tiled dome that is common in the area's churches.
Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea/Duomo di Amalfi) is a ninth-century Roman Catholic structure in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. Of the Arabo-Norman Romanesque architectural style, it has been redesigned several times, adding Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The cathedral includes the adjoining ninth-century Basilica of the Crucifix.
The newer cathedral was built alongside the older basilica that was built on the remains of a previous temple. The remains of St. Andrew were supposedly brought to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206 during the Fourth Crusade by Cardinal Peter of Capua in 1208.
Oil Painting and Tilt-Shift Photo of Amalfi's Market Square by Oswald Achenbach.
The subtle focus manipulation of the foreground, centering on the street sellers and up to the man in the roadway, was the limit needed to achieve this beautiful tilt-shift photograph.
Read the interesting biography of Oswald Achenbach and see all the famous oil painting reproductions by Achenbach. If you like the oil painting and want to purchase it, click on Market Square in Amalfi.
Oswald Achenbach Triumphal Arch In Rome in 1886
Triumphal Arch In Rome 1886. Arch of Constantine Then and Now Photo & Oil Painting.
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. It was raised by the Roman Senate to recognize Constantine I's triumph over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the most recent of the current triumphal arches in Rome and the only one to make extensive use of spolia, re-utilizing a few noteworthy reliefs from second-century imperial monuments, which give a striking and expressive difference to the figures recently made for the arch.
The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the route taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. This route started at the Campus Martius, passing through the Circus Maximus and around the Palatine Hill; immediately after the Arch of Constantine, the parade would turn left at the Meta Sudans and march along the Via Sacra to the Forum Romanum and on to the Capitoline Hill, passing both the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus.
Oswald Achenbach Triumphal Arch In Rome Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
There were many different areas to choose from to do the tilt-shift, but since the painting's emphasis is the arch, in this case, it was the most appropriate choice. Click on Triumphal Arch In Rome by Oswald Achenbach if you like the oil painting and want to purchase it.
Albert Bierstadt Roman Fish Market, The Arch of Octavius
Albert Bierstadt Roman Fish Market, The Arch of Octavius Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.
It is challenging to find the correct photo for the position of this painting. Most photos are taken from the front, showing the columns to the left of the arch. However, the painting was actually done from the right side arch. This is because 1. is lower than the main arch and more in line with the scale of his arch in comparison to people, and 2. is smaller than the main arch. In the painting, you can see two arches with buildings on the right side extending past the second arch. This arch on the right side of the main portico is the only place he could have painted this oil painting from.
The Porticus Octaviae.
The structure was built in 27 BC by Augustus for the sake of his sister, Octavia Minor, in place of the Porticus Metelli. It burned in 80 AD and was restored by Domitian, and again after another fire in 203 AD by Septimius Severus and Caracalla. It was embellished with foreign marble and contained numerous well-known pieces of art, identified in Pliny's "Natural History". The structure was harmed by a tremor in 442 AD when two of the damaged columns were replaced with an arched opening, which still stands today. The church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria was built in the ruins around 770 AD.
The portico was used as a fish market from the medieval period up to the end of the nineteenth century. This role is remembered in the name of the annexed church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, Italian: "the Holy Angel in the Fish Market". It was here also, at the end of the eighteenth century, that the Jews were forced on Saturdays to listen to the sermons given by the Jesuit priests in the hope that "Li Giudei" would be converted. It is said that the Jews plugged their ears so as not to hear.
Albert Bierstadt Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo of the Roman Fish Market, Arch of Octavius.
The tilt-shift focus manipulation to achieve this beautiful photograph of people in the foreground, centered around the large table, gives this painting a distinct look of miniaturization.
Read the interesting biography of Albert Bierstadt and see all the famous oil painting reproductions by Albert Bierstadt. Click The Arch of Octavius if you like the oil painting and want to purchase it.
Albert Bierstadt Tilt-Shift Oil Painting Photos.
Albert Bierstadt's Landscape Rockland County, California, Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
Albert Bierstadt Nassau Harbor Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
Albert Bierstadt Yosemite Valley Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
Albert Bierstadt Moat Mountain Intervale, New Hampshire, Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Brett Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor Oil Painting.
John Brett's Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor Then and Now: Photo and Oil Painting.
Yarmouth is an appealing coastal town at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, seaward of the South East of England. According to all accounts, everything in Yarmouth is on a small scale; small, narrow streets nestle against a small castle and harbor, and the ferry terminal is actually built against the castle walls. Not much seems to have changed in the ensuing years since this oil painting was made, not even the cloudy sky.
John Brett Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
The tilt-shift focus was centered on the two fishermen sitting on the dock. Most of the dock was slowly made out of focus as the distance increased, and all the houses were purposely made out of focus to simulate more distance.
Read the interesting biography of John Brett and see all the famous oil painting reproductions by John Brett. If you like this oil painting and want to purchase it, click on Entrance To Yarmouth Harbor.
Paul Cezanne Oil Paintings & Tilt-Shift Photos.
Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit by Paul Cezanne, oil painting and tilt-shift photograph.
Paul Cezanne Bathers Les Grandes Baigneuse Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
Sainte Victoire 1890 Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo by Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne Gardanne Oil Painting.
Gardanne Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting by Paul Cezanne
This is one of three oil paintings of Gardanne, a small town on the hill near Aix-en-Provence, France, where Cézanne stayed in the autumn of 1885 and most of 1886.
The views anticipate Cubism in their muted colors and faceted forms. As Cezanne progressed with his experiments in this area, his paintings became more abstract. So, in a way, this is a precursor to a style that has not yet been invented.
Paul Cezanne, Gardanne, Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
With the early beginnings of Cubism in this painting, as with most Cubist paintings, it is flat, with a shallow depth of field. The tilt-shift Paul Cezanne Gardanne has no easy starting point, but there is a pattern of angles on the roofline that takes it towards the background. That was the area to concentrate on.
John Constable The Hay Wain Oil Painting.
John Constable The Hay Wain, Then and Now: Photo & Oil Painting.
The Hay Wain was painted in 1821 by John Constable. It was originally titled "Noon". The location of the painting is in the village of Flatford Mill, about 60 miles northeast of London. The cart in the center is a Hay Wain. A hay wain is a hay wagon. A wagon was then called a wain, and a person who built or fixed them was a wainwright. So the main subject here is not the cottage or the pond, it's the horse and wagon. As you can see, the charming cottage is still standing; nothing much has changed. There is another painting, not as famous, calle Willy Lotts House The Subject Of Constables Hay Wain by Benjamin Williams Leader.
John Constable The Hay Wain Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
The tilt-shift Hay Wain is centered on the hay wain cart. The field of vision is a horizontal line from edge to edge of the painting, causing the foreground and background to be out of focus, thereby simulating distance.
John Constable Hadleigh Castle Oil Painting.
Hadleigh Castle, John Constable, Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.
The full title of this artwork is Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth Of The Thames, In The Morning After A Stormy Night.
Built after 1215 amid the rule of Henry III by Hubert de Burgh, In addition, Hadleigh Castle was significantly extended and redesigned by Edward III. He turned it into a more stupendous property, intended to protect against potential French assault and, in addition, give the King a convenient and private living arrangement near London.
Built on a geologically precarious slope of London clay, the castle has frequently been subject to subsidence; this, combined with the sale of its stonework in the sixteenth century, has led to its present ruin.
John Constable's Hadleigh Castle Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
The tilt-shift Hadleigh Castle photo keeps the imposing lower left-side rock and the sheepherder as the main focus area while gently blurring the background in order to accentuate the magnificent vista. Click on.
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John Constable Oil Paintings & Tilt-Shift Photos.
John Constable Walkers On A Bridge Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable A Cottage In A Cornfield Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable Flatford Mill Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable's Bavarian Landscape Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable, Golding Constables' Flower Garden, Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable's Wivenhoe Park, Essex Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
John Constable's Weymouth Bay Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.
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