super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
 
super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
nov 19, 2014

super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century


super flemish series sets heroes and villains in the 17th century

all images courtesy of sacha goldberger

 

 

 

fiction and fantasy meets the history of art in the ‘super flemish’ series by french artist sacha goldberger, who physically mashes up modern-day villains and heroes with 17th century portraiture techniques. icons of american culture from superman to wolverine are set within the low-lit atmosphere typical to flemish fine art paintings of powerful nobles, counterpointed by light and shadow to illustrate them within the scene. chosen models uncannily resemble the characters in their movie adaptation, dressed in intricately crafted costumes reimagined to suit 17th century requirements.

 

these characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character’ goldberger describes. ‘the superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. these portraits give them a chance to fix their denied narcissism. by the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of a couple of masked men who do not look at themselves’

 

 

 

the two seemingly disparate themes come together as a result of a collective effort of over 110 collaborators — including look-alike models and costume makers — who visualized the essence of flemish art in a contemporary photographic world.

super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
‘portrait of a jester with a dark smile’

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‘solider with helmet and shield in american colors’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of the masked man with pointed ears squire’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of a man wearing an S on his chest’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of a feline woman in black and her even more savage animal’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of a masked man with a spider embroidered on his chest’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of an officer in a black helmet’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb
‘portrait of a man wearing a gold armor’

super flemish sacha goldberger heroes villans in 17th century garb

super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
‘masked man dressed in green with ring’

super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
‘portrait of a princess with a helmet of hair on her ears’

super flemish series sets heroes + villains in the 17th century
‘portrait of a green man really brawny’

  • Pretty awesome! Some of the costumes adaptations are pretty great! Catwoman is perfect!

    Thais Faria says:
  • Fantastic! Some are really cool others are a step too far such as vader and c3-po and maybe the hulk. Love the detail on Iron mans helmet

    Aydenn Wardle says:
  • A wonderful idea and most of them really suit the characters well.
    The hulk and C3PO I’m not so sure about…

    raymondo says:
  • Cat woman rocks. Where is Storm?

    ROEM says:

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