Rino Stefano Tagliafierro Brings New Life to Old Artworks

Animation artist and director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has brought classical paintings to life through the use of technology. Turning them into animated GIFs and more fluid videos, he manages to make the grotesque more grotesque and the beautiful even more beautiful. In a way, his work will bring to mind the paintings hung in the halls of Hogwarts.

Based in Milan, Italy, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro focuses on Renaissance, Romantic and Neoclassical styles, which are full of heightened drama and gorgeous women. For instance, Beautiful Decay writes, "In Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, we are given the just moment of impact, left breathless in the moment before the kill; in his adaptation, the modern artist affords viewers the satisfaction of closure, allowing Judith’s weapon to effortlessly glide through the neck of her enemy."