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Paris-based artist Nicolas Amiard has got his tattoo gun out on some of the most famous masterpieces, covering the works in inked-up markings. Challenging the conventional, Amiard has taken classic portraits and added a touch of ink – giving the paintings a twist of modern culture.

With tattoos becoming the norm these days, Amiard has dressed the period oil paintings digitally in everything from floral motifs to tribal symbols that cover the body from head to toe. The collection sees the likes of Martin van Meytens’ Marie Antoinette with a tattoo sleeve to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa getting the inked hands and knuckles treatment, alongside many more.

After you peep these inked-up masterpieces, be sure to take a 360° virtual journey inside the surreal world of Salvador Dali below.

Words by Jane Fayle