The subjects of classical paintings, with their silky robes and flowing hair, embody the very definition of grace and beauty. But as soon as you take them out of their ethereal context, something kind of crazy happens: they begin to look just like us. Or rather, a more unbalanced, barefoot, shabbily dressed version of us.
Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov lifts figures from art history and places them into scenes of contemporary life. A nymph from William-Adolphe Bouguereau's The Prisoner grasps a pole on an empty bus, while Francesco Furini's Penitent Mary Magdalene looks forlornly out of a shop front window. His expert blending of the painterly bodies with everyday environments give the final images a dreamlike haze that feels both eerie and believable.
See below for more of his celestial characters passing out on trains, perusing bookstores, and hanging up laundry in the streets of Kiev.