abandoned paintings by bence hajdu
abandoned paintings by bence hajdu
oct 03, 2012

abandoned paintings by bence hajdu

abandoned version of leonardo da vinci‘s ‘the last supper’


hungarian new-media artist bence hajdu has re-imagined well-known paintings such as claude lorrain’s ‘seaport with the embarkation of st. ursula’ by erasing people and characters so that only the artwork’s architecture remains. the work is an outcome of hajdu’s interest in examining the pure drawn perspectives of the classic paintings, revealing an unusual atmosphere only becoming palpable after removing the figures.



hajdu says of the work:



‘I am a student at the university of fine arts, hungary. at one of the descriptive geometry classes we had a task to find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance and other pictures with significant perspective space. I thought it is not that interesting to just draw lines, so I decided to erase all the characters from them and examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks.

I saw this could be something exciting and continued thinking and working on it. after a while I found myself interested in the new atmosphere and the new thoughts the retouched pieces generated without their main subjects.’


when comparing the re-interpreted jacques louis david’s ‘oath of the horatii’ with the original, the spirit of the artwork is completely transformed – removing the tension and chaos of battle leaves a scene much more still, tranquil and even bleak. the audience is left with a new perspective and understanding of the artwork only attained through hajdu’s depiction,  shifting the once entrenched energy of the famous artworks.


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original of leonardo da vinci‘s ‘the last supper‘, 1495-1498


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu abandoned version of jacques-louis david‘s ‘oath of the horatii’ 



abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original of jacques-louis david’s ‘oath of the horatii’, 1784


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu abandoned version of claude lorrain’s ‘seaport with the embarkation of st. ursula’


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original version of ‘seaport with the embarkation of st. ursula’ 1641



abandoned paintings by bence hajdu abandoned version of sandro botticelli‘s ‘annunciation’


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original of sandro botticelli‘s ‘annunciation’, 1489-1490



abandoned paintings by bence hajdu abandoned version of andrea mantegna‘s ‘oculus in the camera degli sposi’


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original of andrea mantegna‘s ‘oculus in the camera degli sposi’, 1473



abandoned paintings by bence hajdu abandoned version of fra angelico‘s ‘the annunciation’


abandoned paintings by bence hajdu original version of fra angelico‘s ‘the annunciation’, 1450



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  • this is so sick

    rodrigo says:
  • Love it!!! Hope to see more works.

    Mel says:
  • gorgeous work

    6iqtpie says:
  • round of applause!

    juan alcalá says:


    Sandra says:
  • creo que está diciendo mucho más de lo que nos muestra. es más que un vacío. y por qué abandonadas? quién dejó a quién …? muy interesante. la obra más impactante para mí es la de la última cena de da vinci.

    Nulpi says:
  • Rodrigo, what if you were sick? What if you just needed letting it go?
    Anyway, probably we are all sick.
    Sick or not, this work is of great intelligence and questions absence, and our references.
    What is beautiful here is the space that the original artists created, and possibly not directly the work of Bence, but thank you Bence for allowing us to appreciate it (and congratulations for the perfect technique!). Yours seems to be a maieutic concept, you help the paintings deliver something more than they ever did. Kind of makes you think how much better would the world be without people…?!?! To me the result is exilarating, and deep.

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • I could just see an art heist where one of these was substituted for the real thing – how’s that for “conceptual art”

    dbkii says:
  • Really a good thought!!!

    Rahul says:
  • Other then interesting for art classes I find these photo-shops superfluous. We must not forget that the artist never intended to draw a scene without humans in it. If these old masters had the intention to make an architectural drawing there would definitely be another outcome.

    Airborne says:
  • one of the best things i’ve seen in a long time, I love it…

    Bram says:
  • Great job! It is much easier to away light…

    Brink Licht says:
  • super boulot! vraiment intéressant et beau! d’autres?

    faboise says:
  • you can go even further…
    paint all these buildings in “under construction” phase.

    kolin says:
  • love love love

    kris says:
  • Great job, but you must see the “Espacios de la Ausencia” by Ricardo Mojardín (and see dates too):

    MGCS says:
  • look at the work from José Manuel Ballester!

    subliminal says:

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