Anachronistic Gadgets in 18th Century French Art

By Nicholas Jackson & Rebecca Greenfield

Mike Licht has been creating images for his website, NotionsCapital.com, since August of 2007. He now has an archive of hundreds of what he calls "Digital Primitives." "Constructed solely with the most primordial Microsoft tools," Licht's works are collages that, when complete, serve as a commentary on culture. Some of our favorites involve anachronistic gizmos and gadgets placed over and into Vigée Le Brun paintings, Renoir paintings, and the works of other French and German artists from the 18th and 19th centuries. We've picked some of the best (and kept Licht's original captions from his Flickr account), but you can see more here.

H/t: Associate Editor Justin Miller found these images on Flickr while looking for a piece to illustrate a story.

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