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French photographer reimagines superheroes and sci-fi stars as Renaissance paintings

French photographer Sacha Goldberger imagined what modern-day superheroes and sci-fi stars would have looked like in the Renaissance period.
French photographer Sacha Goldberger imagined what modern-day superheroes and sci-fi stars would have looked like in the Renaissance period. Sacha Goldberger

You never knew that you wanted to see Superman dressed up as the subject of a classic Renaissance masterpiece – until today.

Thank you, Sacha Goldberger.

The French photographer used about two dozen cosplayers as his muses, photographing them in dark, dramatic, moody lighting to mimic the look of Old Master paintings.

The superheroes and sci-fi stars wear moody faces and period clothing, too – ruffled collars for everyone.

The “Super Flemish” series of photos premiered in Paris last weekend. Here’s the show’s description:

“What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White? Sacha’s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art.”

Goldberger told Bored Panda that the series was a huge undertaking that took five years to complete.

“I am so fond of super heroes, and I was also raised with Flemish paintings in my parent’s house,” he said.

“I always try to give my point of view on things. I try to tell a story. With this series, I am speaking about a lot of things, like European romanticism, mortality, vulnerability ...”

Among the unique challenges of the project, he said, was deciding what the costumes of all these pop culture icons would have looked like in the 15th, 16th centuries.

The Hulk in pantaloons?

Nailed it.

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