6 Iconic Paintings Recreated in Virtual Reality

Step inside these incredible iconic pieces of art which have been recreated by super talented virtual reality artists. The majority of the pieces we have covered do not require a VR headset to appreciate the work.

Take a look and see a completely different angle on these famous pieces of art which have taken on a new life in VR form.

Nighthawks – Edward Hopper


Edward Hoppers oil on canvas painting of people in a diner late at night has been recreated by VR artist George Peaslee. Stepping inside the diner from the Nighthawks painting allows you to place yourself behind the counter, or sit yourself on one of the vacant stools. You can explore however you like and it really does allow you to see the painting from a completely new perspective.

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And watch behind the scenes of how it was made by the artist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-V2VB-VCIk#t=1

The Great Wave of Kanagawa – Katsushika Hokusai


The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is a fantastic piece of art to have been created in VR because it’s of the sea. As you can see in the video below, James R. Eads who recreated this in VR had some fun when creating it by sitting in the boat.

Unfortunately we can’t find the 3D model of this piece and therefore can only share the video of how it was created below.

The Garden of Earthly Delights – Hieronymus Bosch


The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych oil painting created by Hieronymus Bosch over 500 years ago has been recreated in Virtual Reality. The ‘Garden of Eden’ (the left part of the painting) is free to enjoy by downloading the Bosch VR app here, however to experience the ‘Earthly Delights’ (centre) and ‘Hell’ (right) an in app purchase is required.

Girl with the Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer


Eric Lynx Lin created this 3D version of Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’. The animation of the blinking and mouth moving making this eerily life like. It’s well worth taking a look at this one!

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The Scream – Edvard Munch


When Artist Estella Tse was asked to recreate Edvard Munch’s The Scream painting in Virtual Reality she jumped at the chance. Thanks to SoulPancake and VR Scout we now get to view this painting at a completely different angle and perspective.

You don’t need a VR Headset for this one simply click/swipe: https://poly.google.com/view/ab0SP8HCU57

Watch behind the scenes and see how it was created in the video below

Starry Night – Van Gogh


We end with a VR painting we have already showcased in our Van Gogh Starry Night blog post from earlier in the year. If you didn’t give this walkthrough a look then, certainly give it a try now. Simply stunning. Enjoy it in full 360 video VR.

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