See Van Gogh Paintings Come To Life Before Your Eyes

An artist brings animated life–and shadow–to painted masterpieces.

See Van Gogh Paintings Come To Life Before Your Eyes

Italian artist Luca Agnani has done an odd thing with Van Gogh: He’s animated 13 of the legend’s paintings. We’re not talking Loony Toons here; these animations are subtle–the flickering of candles, the lapping of waves, and sunlight brightening a room. “Van Gogh rarely used shadows, and I was curious to see how his work would have looked if he did,” says Agnani. “Working on the paintings of any other painter would have been easier, but this challenged me to interpret Van Gogh’s perspective.” Among the paintings are Bedroom, in which all visuals are static except for a singular shadow. Other paintings, like Evening the Watch (after Millet) convey more action.


In order, here are the paintings Agnani brought to life:

1. Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries
2. The Langlois Bridge at Arles
3. Farmhouse in Provence
4. The White House at Night
5. Still Life
6. Evening The Watch (after Millet)
7. View of Saintes-Maries
8. Bedroom
9. Factories at Asnieres Seen
10. The White House at Night
11. Restaurant
12. First Steps (after Millet)
13. Self-Portrait


About the author

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.