15 Creative Ads Inspired by Famous Paintings

Advertising is probably one of the most creative domains out there, with practically unlimited inspirational resources at hand. Ads themselves can constitute powerful design inspiration, so I’ve put together today a showcase of the most creative ad campaigns out there that use famous paintings as a base for promoting their product. We’re going to take a look at true advertising masterpieces that brought to life artworks of legendary names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, René Magritte, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.

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Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh

You’re probably asking yourself by now what products will be on display and trying to remember if you’ve ever seen such an ad before. My guess is that you probably have, since we’re going to drop some household names such as Volkswagen, Smart, Mazda, Renault, Orbit, Absolut Vodka, Pizza Hut, Lipton, the Alliance Française (an international organization which promotes the French language and culture)  and other products and businesses – an encyclopaedia, an online betting company, an online dating service and an investment company.

inspired by Salvador Dali

inspired by René Magritte

inspired by Pablo Picasso

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

inspired by Andy Warhol

inspired by Salvador Dali

Quick Tip: Online Advertising Archive

Apart from feasting your eyes on these marvelous examples of advertising success and gathering inspiration for your graphic design projects, I thought I’d also give you a helpful tip. There are also other helpful tools, apart from our best friend, Google; and sometimes, a specialized website can really narrow your search and turn out to be more effective. I put together this small display of ads mainly from an online advertising archive called Coloribus, which can prove extremely helpful for copywriters, designers and bloggers alike.

inspired by Salvador Dali

inspired by Andy Warhol

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

inspired by Salvador Dali

inspired by Andy Warhol

inspired by Pablo Picasso

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

I’m curios whether you think this type of advertising is inspired, powerful and able to leave a mark on the consumers’ memory. Also, which of these ads is your favorite?

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15 Comments 15 Creative Ads Inspired by Famous Paintings

  1. Nancy Rose Jun 25, 2012 at 22:26

    very interesting! Amazed at how they take the original pieces and transform them.

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    1. Andra Jun 26, 2012 at 10:57

      Hey Nancy, glad you found it interesting:) I personally liked the fact that it’s yet another proof that completely different domains can inspire one another.

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  2. Rose Well Jun 27, 2012 at 20:44

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    1. Andra Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21

      Thank you for the kind words, Rose:)

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    1. Andra Jun 28, 2012 at 11:26

      Thanks, Lilah:) My favorites are the ones resembling Magritte’s and Dali’s work because I’m a huge surrealism fan, but there are indeed a lot of ads inspired by the Mona Lisa.

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    1. Andra Jul 2, 2012 at 10:26

      Hey Rocio, thanks for the positive feedback:)

      Reply
  3. mike Jul 11, 2012 at 07:34

    Love the concept and execution of the Last Supper!

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    1. Andra Jul 16, 2012 at 15:56

      Indeed. And the fact that they had the courage to do something that was potentially controversial.

      Reply
  4. ida Nov 10, 2012 at 09:56

    haha roliga

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  6. May Shariff Dec 1, 2015 at 12:53

    very interesting and inspirational

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