Had Austria's Emperor Franz Joseph I the soft yet sturdy features of Ryan Gosling—rather than the massive moustache—how differently might he be remembered? Similarly, would Michael Jackson be the King of Pop art if he was born with the painting talents of 18th century French artist Pierre-Narcisse Guérin? We'll never know these answers, but at least in the classical art / celebrity mashups of French graphic artist Bénédicte Lacroix, we can imagine what the resulting art history might look like.
On his Voyages dans les temps Tumblr, Lacroix deftly inserts contemporary icons into iconic artworks. Seen here, Miley Cyrus brings her signature grills to 19th century Spain in Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger's A Spanish Beauty, while classic sadboy van Gogh cheers up with Leonardo DiCaprio's mischievous grin. According to PAPER Magazine, Lacroix works as a photo retoucher, so it makes perfect sense that these ahistorical photo manipulations are as seamless as they are. Whether or not history itself would have been as pristine as the portraits look, however… You be the judge.
Check out more of Lacroix's celebrity replacements on Voyages dans les temps.