Space Invaders And Other Classic Games As Renaissance Paintings

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You know what would have made sitting through lectures on early modern European history a lot more bearable? Giant space lasers, and plenty of 'em.

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Unfortunately, the renaissance painter Fra Angelico would have had to live another 500 years or so in order to get a chance to draw inspiration from the modern-day muse that is Space Invaders. But still-living painter Dan Hernandez has brought us the next best thing in a series of stunningly detailed paintings that reimagine classic video games as hagiographic Italian frescoes.

The series, Genesis 2014, is on display in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery through April 26th. Check out more of his work from the series below.

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Illustration for article titled emSpace Invaders/em And Other Classic Games As Renaissance Paintings
Illustration for article titled emSpace Invaders/em And Other Classic Games As Renaissance Paintings
Illustration for article titled emSpace Invaders/em And Other Classic Games As Renaissance Paintings
Illustration for article titled emSpace Invaders/em And Other Classic Games As Renaissance Paintings
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notgoodforyou
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Is this Renaissance?

I'm no art aficionado, but I do know that Renaissance art was characterized by a departure from religious paintings and the addition of a perspective. This seems to eembrace neither approach.