PHOTOS: Artist Uses Calligraphy to Reimagine Classic Paintings like ‘Starry Night’ & ‘Mona Lisa’

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Embracing Islamic art in his works, Hamburg based artist, Idris (@idrislights on Instagram) takes classic paintings that we know (or have seen somewhere on the internet) and reimagines them.

Idris takes paintings like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ or Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, and using the intricacies of calligraphy art, pays homage while still rooted in his own style.

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Rather than just writing words in Arabic, each word has a meaning to it. In his ‘Starry Night’ tribute, Idris gives a brief biography of Van Gogh including the place of his birth and so on.

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Check out some of his other works below:


Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

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Vermeer’s “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”

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Osman Hamdi Bey’s “Quran Reading Girl” or “Young Woman Reading”

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 Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”

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Apart from his tribute, Idris also makes his own original pieces, like this one:

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How beautiful is that? You can follow Idris on Instagram for more art.