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Erwin Olaf Recreates ‘The Last Honours to Counts Egmond and Ho

By: Meghan Young - Published: Jan 29, 2013 • References: eclipsebcn and behance.net
‘The Last Honours to Counts Egmond and Hoorn’ is the most famous artwork by Belgium painter Belgian painter. Originally painted in 1851, photographer Erwin Olaf was commissioned by Gaasbeek Castle to modernize the scene for the 21st century. An impressive and revered feat in the 19th century, Olaf managed to stay true to the original piece in such a way that at first people might take the photo for another painting.

Nevertheless, the colors of ‘The Last Honours to Counts Egmond and Hoorn’ are more vibrant, the emotion more tangible and the accompanying portraits better flesh out the key characters in the scene. According to Kasteel Van Gaasbeek, “Gaasbeek Castle wants to call into question our (historic) heritage by systematically juxtaposing it with contemporary art, which is why it asked Erwin Olaf to turn Gallait’s iconic painting into a contemporary tableau vivant.”