Artists give classic works of art an awesome Walt Disney twist

For anyone who fell in love with Walt Disney’s Dumbo or begged their mum to let them watch Bambi on repeat (yours truly), this artwork is really going to impress you.

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The DesignCrowd community came up with the brilliant idea of inserting famous cartoon characters into classic artworks, from Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle as Mona Lisa to Family Guy‘s Lois and Stewie in Raphael’s The Small Cowper Madonna.

Artists have let their creative juices flow as they digitally altered some of the world’s most recognizable masterpieces by replacing the original subject with our childhood heroes.

The results are magnificent, and below are some of the highlights from the community pages of DesignCrowd (a graphic design company based in Australia).

Cinderella

Diego Velázquez’ Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) with Cinderella.

Artists recreate classic paintings with cartoons
Image: crazydelicious/DesignCrowd

Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle

Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait the Mona Lisa gets a face swap thanks to Belle.

Artists recreate classic paintings with cartoon characters
Image: richardroy/DesignCrowd

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Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Sandro Botticelli’s highly praised painting The Birth of Venus (which dates back to the mid 1480s) has the goddess Venus swapped out for Ariel.

Artists recreate classic paintings with cartoons
Image: Vityakov Design/DesignCrowd

Family Guy‘s Lois and Stewie

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s Lois and Stewie are featured somewhere we would never expect them to be — in Italian Renaissance artist Raphael’s The Small Cowper Madonna (the original is believed to be dated around 1505).

Artists recreate classic paintings with cartoons
Image: SwimArtest/DesignCrowd

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Winnie-the-Pooh‘s Eeyore

Conestabile Madonna by Italian Renaissance artist Raphael gets a strange addition with A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh character Eeyore.

Artists recreate classic paintings with a cartoon twist
Image: hannah85/DesignCrowd

Dumbo

Dumbo transforms into Hindu god Ganesha.

Artists create classic artwork with cartoons
Image: TheLlama/DesignCrowd

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which can be found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, meets the Seven Dwarfs.

Artists create classic artwork with cartoons
Image: mizio77/DesignCrowd

Pink Panther

Expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s The Scream gets a Pink Panther twist.

Artists create classic artwork with cartoons
Image: chantellr/DesignCrowd

Perhaps the most surprising thing about these new artworks is how they don’t actually look that out of place (well, some of them, at least). Who knew cartoon characters and images depicting our rich history could actually have so much in common?

Do you think this is a brilliant idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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