A Hungarian artist took classic paintings by Old Masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli and turned them into eerie snapshots of Renaissance-era ghost towns. It’s part of a series titled “Abandoned Paintings,” which is an impressive project undertaken by fine art student Bence Hajdu. Using a little modern technology, he takes famous scenes from “The Last Supper” to “The Annunciation” and transforms them into haunting spaces by erasing the characters and figures that populate the frames. What’s left is an architectural wasteland that remains vaguely familiar to any art history amateur.
“At one of [my] descriptive geometry classes, we had a task to find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance and other pictures with significant perspective space. I thought it is not that interesting to just draw lines, so I decided to erase all the characters from them and examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks.” Bence Hajdu