Football Art: Former Art Forger John Myatt Recreates Classic Portraits Using Famous Footballing Faces (Photos)

Chris Wright

12th, August 2014

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By Chris Wright

Having done time inside back in the late 1990’s after being found guilty of helping facilitate what is commonly referred to as “the biggest art fraud of the 20th century” when he forged hundreds of classic works by the likes of Chagall, Le Corbusier, Giacometti and Matisse and flogged them to auction houses across the world, British artist John Myatt is now a reformed man and even has his own television show on Sky Arts in which he teaches famous-ish faces to paint in the styles of particular artists.

Commissioned as part of the launch guff for the new Sky Sports 5 channel, Myatt has turned his artistic hand to producing a series of five portraits of football’s great and good in the style of a preeminent painter from each player’s respective country of birth.

These be those…

Andrea Pirlo in the style of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”…

1 - Andrea Pirlo

Steven Gerrard in the style of Joshua Reynold’s “Portrait of General John Burgoyne”…

2 - Steven Gerrard

Andres Iniesta in the style of Pablo Picasso’s “Portrait of Dora Maar”…

3 - Andres Iniesta

Arjen Robben in the style of Vincent van Gogh’s “Self Portrait”…

4 - Arjen Robben

Cristiano Ronaldo in the style of Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro’s “Portrait of Professor Antero de Quental”…

5 - Christiano Ronaldo

Cool, no?

(Images via Imgur)