Japanese Illustrator’s ‘Real Museum Girls’ Series Reinterprets Classic Paintings In Social Networking Age
As you can guess from the header image showing Vermeer’s “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” enjoying selfies together, this article introduces a series of illustrations which reinterpret classic paintings with a modern twist, imagining the women in candid moments capturing their lives on social media.
This witty series comes courtesy of Isuka, a Japanese illustrator who, in addition to creating original works, draws fan art of various anime and games.
Isuka’s ‘Real Museum Girls’ series re-establishes the primacy of the subjects depicted in the artworks. These “museum girls” are not casual visitors posing in front of art for the benefit of their fans but the protagonists of the artworks themselves. Here, social media provides a new window into the lives of these women, as we see them posting selfies and providing commentary on the situations they find themselves in.