Botticelli’s original “The Birth of Venus” is hanging in a soul-stirring gallery in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, a masterpiece of delicately painted elongated figures and an icon of art history. This 8-bit version of the painting by PixelJam‘s Rich Grilloti is sitting right here on your desktop, and it’s actually also pretty awesome! Click through for some more art as video games and video games as art. [via Killscreen]
In case you need a refresher, here Sandro Botticelli’s original from 1485 for your comparison:
8-bit art is nothing new, but it’s great how delicately Grilloti handled the colors and the composition of the ethereally beautiful Botticelli painting. And forming a complex quartet of human figures and a landscape background into a grid of single blocks? Very cool. Why not take it one step further with painter Brock Davis‘s Donkey Kong (the original) as abstract expressionism?