Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hollywood Movies Done in Ottoman Miniatures

Images by Murat Palta

We've been to our fair share of museums — after all our parents were both artists. And we've slept through enough late afternoon art history classes, too. Don't get us wrong, it's not that we don't like fine art. We do. In fact we have a pretty broad range of artists we admire from da Vinci and Michelangelo to Monet and Degas to Dali and Warhol. But one style that never seemed to capture our imagination was the Turkish miniatures from the Ottoman Empire. That is, until now.

Murat Palta, from Istanbul, Turkey, reinterpreted the style for his senior art thesis. And luckily, for the rest of us, shared them on his Behance page. Palta created a collection of his own Ottoman miniatures with a very western theme — Hollywood movies.

Our personal favorite has to be The Shining — since we often joke that we are the scary twins in the hall. Palta has depicted them, alongside Jack Nicholson axing the door down and little Danny riding his tricycle down the hall.

The series started with Ottoman Star Wars and after getting rave reviews, Palta decided to keep going. Go to Palta's profile to check out The Godfather, Terminator II, Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inception, Goodfellas, Alien and A Clockwork Orange.

Palta writes on his Behance profile, "Combining global with local, traditional with contemporary and adding a bit of humor, made it a fun and rewarding experience for me. According to my marks that I got from the project, the teacher's opinion were the same." We hope that means he got an A+. That's what we would have given him.

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