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Ed Wheeler Transforms Classic Artworks into Festive Compositions

By: Jana Pijak - Published: Dec 13, 2013 • References: santaclassics and honestlywtf
Ed Wheeler transforms these famed masterpieces by Vermeer, Caravaggio and Botticelli into comical works of festive art. With Santa Claus as their main subject, these revamped paintings reference history in a humorous and clever way.

Whether infusing himself into Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass“ or Henri Rousseau’s famed piece entitled “The Dream“, Santa Claus is depicted as a re-occurring character that fits into the paintings' backdrops despite of his out-of-place garb.

Celebrating the coming of the fast-approaching holiday season, the “Santa Classics” series by Ed Wheeler changes the way that self-portraits are traditionally made. The artist poses as Santa Claus and infuses himself into worldly works of art while embodying the physical form of the jolly and bearded holiday icon.