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We all walk around with high-performance cameras in our pockets now. It has never been easier in the history of mankind to capture the image of someone. But no matter how beautiful a picture of someone can be, it will never have the gravity of a painting. The fact that a person with great skill sat for hours and hours carefully shaping your face into a work of art gives painting a level of dignity and respect that an image of a iPhone will never be able to. It’s a special kind of dignity that not even the big screen can bestow on anyone. Even the biggest stars in the world, as a collection of works by an artist shows. She paints modern Hollywood heavyweights like 19th century figures.

On TikTok, artist Yelena “Lena” Sugralinova turns famous faces into royal paintings. She creates pieces (which we first encountered in The Marie Sue) done in the style of 1800s portraits. By Tom Hiddleston of the MCU and the children of Strange things, which features famous artists in the appropriate clothing of the era. With the solemn looks we associate with paintings from this era. (Not necessarily because people in that period were all very serious. Try to keep a smile for an hour and see how many seconds you last.)

His collection includes MCU stars like Tom Hiddleston, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Holland. As well as the children of Strange things, like Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard. But this is only a small part of his paintings. There are also social media stars, as well as musicians like Harry Styles, actors like Timothée Chalamet and politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris. She also paints portraits of celebrities in the style of figures from the 13th century.

For a bunch of famous people we see on screens all the time, none of them have ever looked so dignified. Although, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. Celebrities always look good when they do period pieces.

Lena Sugralinova