Paparazzi Portraits: Renaissance Portraits Of Modern Celebrities (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: Before Paparazzi There Were Celebrity Portraits

Now, much to celebrities' dismay, their images can be rendered with the single flash of a camera. Back in the golden age of painting, however, models and aristocrats had to sit for hours for their pictorial representations.

In this intriguing internet meme which began through a photo contest at, an image manipulation and contest website. Artists used their Photoshop prowess to turn Hollywood's darlings into Renaissance masterpieces. The results range from disturbing to downright masterful. We collected our favorites, some of which arguably look as good as the originals!

Check out the Renaissance celebs below and see all of the winners here:

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