Passing Portraits

Philip Scott Johnson is a digital artist from St. Louis. His favorite quote, from Picasso, is “everything you can imagine is real” and once you see this clip you’ll understand why. His amazing video art has been viewed by millions and shown everywhere from the Kawaguchi Art Gallery in Tokyo to the White Square Gallery in Las Vegas. He has produced many pieces, including more commercial ones, but this is one of my favorites. You can try and guess all the portraits – I’ll post the answers at the end. Have fun!!

Artists in order of appearance:
0:08 – Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
0:15 – Francisco Goya 1746-1828
0:22 – Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528
0:29 – Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792
0:35 – Rembrandt 1606-1669
0:42 – Andy Warhol 1928-1987
0:48 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905
0:55 – Henri Matisse 1869-1954
1:02 – Eugène Delacroix 1798-1863
1:09 – Jean-François Millet 1814-1875
1:15 – Jan van Eyck 1395-1441
1:22 – Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640
1:28 – James McNeill Whistler 1834-1903
1:35 – John Singer Sargent 1856-1925
1:42 – Kazimir Malevich 1878-1935
1:49 – Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665
1:55 – Paul Cézanne 1839-1906
2:02 – Paul Gauguin 1848-1903
2:08 – Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890
2:15 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882
2:22 – Diego Velázquez 1599-1660
2:28 – Nicholas Hilliard 1547-1619
2:35 – Anthony van Dyck 1599-1641
2:41 – Titian 1485-1576
2:48 – Paolo Veronese 1528-1588
2:55 – Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472-1553
3:01 – Édouard Manet 1832-1883
3:08 – Pablo Picasso 1881-1973


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9 Responses to Passing Portraits

  1. How amazing… the morphing technology is so cool and to have the portraits of all these amazing men together in one video is tops!

  2. That was incredible!!! My oldest son just watched it with me – he’s 8 – and he loves art.

    ~ Elizabeth

    • quintessence says:

      So glad that you all enjoyed it! You can see more of his work on youtube or vimeo – you’ll be mesmerized!!

  3. Andrea says:

    Hello! Just discovered your lovely blog – it’s gorgeous. Would love it if you stopped by my blog sometime.

    Andrea X
    andreareh.blogspot.com

  4. Just an amazing artistic expression set to music. Inspirational and meditative. I LOVED IT, Maria
    PS I have just discovered your blog and am enjoying it so much. Thank you!

  5. Just an amazing artistic expression set to music. Inspirational and meditative. I LOVED IT, Maria
    PS I have just discovered your blog and am enjoying it so much. Thank you!
    I have added it to my blogroll.

    • quintessence says:

      Welcome Maria – So glad you enjoyed this piece – I also found it amazing. And glad you’re enjoying the blog – thanks for the addition to your blogroll!

  6. Mark D. Ruffner says:

    What a brilliant video! I had great fun without looking at the list, and guessing the the artists as they evolved. There were also some remarkable faces within the transitions!

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