We’re settling in for another cold, snowy weekend here in Cincinnati, so how about a little art and photography fun to warm you up? To start, the continuing cold weather brings to mind this slideshow of amazing photographs of frozen Niagara Falls, taken during last week’s Polar Vortex. Visitors and photographers have captured the partially frozen falls and the frozen mist on the surrounding landscape. It’s breathtaking (and probably felt that way to the photographers braving the frigid conditions!).
While I’m at it, I thought I’d share some other amazing art images I’ve come across in recent weeks. It seems that a lot of people have been bringing classic paintings to life in recent months:
Last year a Worth 1000 contest asked participants to imagine contemporary celebrities as models for famous classic paintings. The resulting entries combined the likes of Angelina Jolie, Hugh Laurie, Steve Carrell and Taylor Swift with paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Picasso and other famous artists. Check out all classic painting-celebrity entries here.
Ever wondered what your favorite classic paintings would look like if they came to life? This imgur selection presents classic scenes from art history, ranging from the sacrifice of Isaac to the Gross Clinic surgery lesson, springing to life. Some of the animated paintings are a little creepy, but they’re worth checking out.
Finally, Vogue got in on the classic painting action with Annie Leibovitz’s December 2013 cover photo shoot with Jessica Chastain. Leibovitz captured costumed Chastain in a number of classic painting scenes. See the complete Leibovitz-Chastain slideshow here.
Enjoy, keep creating and good luck!