Imagine if there were superheroes dating back to the 16th century. And if there were, what kind of portraits would the great painters of the day have created of their gifted sitters?
No? Not something you’ve thought about? Well, its an idea that has been bothering French photographer Sacha Goldberger, who has created a collection of portraits of heroes from Marvel and DC as well as characters from Star Wars and put a Renaissance cosplay spin on the proceedings.
The results are out of this world.
Aside from the costumes, the lighting and ambiance has been deliberately aged. The photograph portraits were created for Goldberger’s recent exhibition Super Flemish at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Below we take you through Goldberger’s stellar work, beginning with Spiderman dressed like the Duke of Manhattan.
Tony Stark is never one to be outshone. Here he’s resplendent in full Iron Man regalia and a charming ruffled neckpiece — or ruff as they were known.
The Hulk on the other hand looks flustered, clearly angry at having to pose in his delightful ruff and fetching pantaloons.
From Marvel we go to DC, with Superman looking as handsome as ever, perhaps even more so in period costume.
Batman and Robin also look entirely at home in Renaissance threads.
Catwoman looks positively charming, although it might be difficult to commit many acts of larceny in that rather heavy-looking gown.
Now this is incredible, a Machiavellian villain if ever there was one.
Wonder Woman is perhaps more well known for her lack of clothing, so this dress makes a nice change of pace.
Lord Vader can mix in with all the dukes and duchesses. The pet AT-AT is a nice touch.
Stand and deliver!
Princess Leia is dressed not too dissimilarly to how she usually would, though the textiles here appear to be more upscale.
Chewie looking regal.
There are no words.