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The 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' gets an iPhone, too

A project called "Art x Smart" injects famous works of art with a dose of 21st-century technology.

"Girl with a Pearl Earring and an iPhone" after "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. Kim Dong-Kyu

Perhaps the real reason Edvard Munch's subject is screaming is a shattered smartphone screen. Maybe Diego Velázquez's Rokeby Venus was just trying to capture a selfie. Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer just wanted to get a really fancy Instagram.

The appearance of modern technology in some of history's best-loved masterpieces allows us to interpret them in a very different way. A project called Art x Smart by Kim Dong-Kyu strips classic art pieces of something of their grandeur, allowing us, perhaps, to connect with the people they depict.

The pieces seem to be urging us (in a lighthearted fashion) to reflect on the impact of technology and how smartphones have changed social interaction. But that's the beauty of art, really: It's open to interpretation.

We also choose to think of the series as a way to look through the years and consider that people, essentially, will always be people, whether we have smartphones or not.

Head over to Designboom to see many more images from Dong-Kyu's collection.

"His Room" after "The Bedroom" by Vincent van Gogh. Kim Dong-Kyu

(Source: Crave Australia)