Fancy yourself an art aficionado? Well, what if we were to tell you that some of the world’s most famous art works have been taken over…by apes!?
A number of creative folk thought it would be fun to monkey around with some classic works of art, removing the original characters and replacing with apes! Not even da Vinci escaped this ape invasion – and we’re already debating which painting would work best as a centrepiece in BananaHQ!
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting has been hailed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” Everyone from captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands and Kim Kardashian has been photoshopped in place of poor old Lisa, but this one gets our vote (of course).
Gorilla with the pearl earring
This one’s a parody of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring painting. A couple of years ago, Dutch astrophysicist Vincent Icke raised doubts about the earring’s material, arguing that it looks more like polished tin than pearl. All we know is that the Gorilla has one hell of a pout (move over Kim K)…
Banana Pulp Fiction
Put bananas in your artwork and you’re asking for a monkey spoof! The original piece, created by Bristol-based Graffiti artist Banksy, depicted Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta’s characters in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, with their guns replaced by our favourite yellow fruit. A print of the stencil sold for £10,600 back in 2012.
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Chimspeare! This ape definitely pulls off ‘smart’ better than we do…
A cheeky parody of Edvard Munch’s Scream painting, we reckon this ape is thinking either one of two things – “How do I get back to the forest from here?!” or “Why did I buy a onesie that makes me look like I’ve just come out of prison?!”