Tired Photoshop Idea: Old Masters Lose Weight

Lauren Wade's lame copy (via takepart)
Lauren Wade’s lame copy of an old idea (via takepart.com)

There are days when I hate the internet, particularly when it recycles the same idea again and again and again as if it were original. The latest (and most egregious) culprit is Lauren Wade and her tired project that photoshops Old Masters until the figures resemble the proportions of contemporary fashion models. They’re taking the internet by storm, and wow, they’re amazing … except they’re really not.

What’s embarrassing for Wade is she didn’t bother to Google (I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she didn’t just swipe the idea with no credit) and find out how beginning in 2009 London-based artist Nazareno Crea did the same thing for her Alpha Beauties project, and many of the images she used are the exact same ones used by Wade:

Nazareno Crea appears to have been the first to do this, though it’s the internet so … (via nazareno.co.uk)

… and then in 2012 Anna Utopia Giordano did the exact same thing for her Venus project:

Anna Utopia Giordano's version is strangely very very similar and pre-dates Lauren Wade by years. (via )
Anna Utopia Giordano’s version is strangely very similar to Wade’s and predates it by years. (via www.annautopiagiordano.it)

Can you even tell them apart? This kind of lazy regurgitation is a waste of pixels. Hell, I even used the joke in a GIF for the Metropolitan Museum’s Anna Wintour Fashion Institute’s announcement earlier this year:


If you’re going to take an idea then at least do something different, like Bence Hajdu’s abandoned masterpieces:


Or maybe pick other paintings?

And lest we forget, Old Masters with fat cats came first, and they’re better:



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