Mr. Bean Photoshopped Onto These Famous Paintings Makes Us Look At Art And It's Good

A much needed improvement.

Let's admit it, sometimes art can be... meh.

Not all of us are into the works of Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque artists. Especially portraits, in which every person looks rather the same with their fur coats and unimpressed physiognomies.

That's why these (digital) paintings by caricaturist Rodney Pike are so delightful. In his series, Pike photoshopped Rowan Atkinson's famous character Mr. Bean into a number of seminal historical portraits from as early as 14th century.

Mr. Bean as the third Duke of Norfolk by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Pike says he caught the love for Rowan Atkinson and Mr. Bean while he was living in the U.K. in the 1990s. Rodney also admires history's notable artists, to whom he refers as the Masters. So it was only fair to mash his two favorites together.

"'I think it just adds to the absurdity when working with such serious source material and Rowan Atkinson can make any situation funny no matter how absurd. He's always lots of fun and it is good therapy and a welcome break to the stresses of work sometime," Pike told Daily Mail.

Mr. Bean in Meditation by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as George Washington by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as Vanity by Frank Cadogan Cowper.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as Mrs. Richard Yates by Gilbert Stuart.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as Rembrandt at 34.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Mr. Bean as Crixus in the Spartacus.

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator

Follow Rodney Pike on his website RodneyPike.com or DeviantArt page. You can also contact Rodney for commissioned work at rodneywpike[at]gmail.com. (H/T: Dangerous Minds)

For more skilfully re-imagined works of art, please read the article John Malkovich Recreated Famous Photographs And They Are Quite Glorious on John Malkovich's and Sandro Miller's collaboration.

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