For Disney fans, beloved characters from the company’s many hit animated movies are an indelible part of pop culture. Many of us grew up watching the films and TV shows that became an integral part of all our childhoods.
Because the movies are so universally beloved, artists have often used their impressive skills to reimagine Disney characters in a variety of ways. Some have re-created Disney princesses as film noir-style femmes fatales, while others have imagined the iconic characters in hyperrealistic detail.
Now, another artist’s unique — and downright gorgeous — renderings of Disney characters have gone viral.
Professional artist Heather Theurer reproduces Disney characters in oil paintings. In classical style, she produces works of art that truly look like they belong on a museum’s walls.
Scroll through below to learn more about Heather’s work and to see just a few of her spectacular pieces!
To order one of Heather’s works, you can go to her website.
Heather’s stunning Disney-inspired paintings have been compared to Renaissance-style works of art. But as she tells Bored Panda, she believes her work is closer to the Pre-Raphaelite painters of the late 19th century.
She explained that she doesn’t attempt simple re-creations of what other artists or Disney itself has already done. Instead, she tries to focus on and bring out the characters’ innermost thoughts — their “struggles, hope, and pride.”
Above, you can see Heather’s stunning portrait of Emma Watson’s version of Belle from the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.
The above topsy-turvy piece of artwork perfectly captures the absurdism of Alice in Wonderland (or, perhaps more accurately, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Lewis Carroll original novel on which it’s based).
“Life is what inspires me. It’s interesting, in retrospect, I’ve noticed that most, if not all, of my paintings spawn from experiences I was going through at the time,” Heather told BuzzFeed.
Above, you can see the artist’s rendering of Ariel, the titular mermaid from The Little Mermaid.
Here’s Belle huddling under her cloak in another familiar scene from Beauty and the Beast.
“One of the truest joys I’ve ever had are those shared with my viewers when they connect with those same (or similar) emotions and revelations,” she continued.
Cinderella’s dress (prior to a bit of style help from her fairy godmother) should be instantly recognizable here.
Anyone who sobbed along to this scene in Dumbo probably feels a similar sense of emotion looking at this beautiful piece of artwork, which the artist has called Baby of Mine (after the Oscar-nominated song from the animated film).
Frozen was a smash hit when it was released in 2013. This rendering of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf looks like something from a classic children’s storybook.
Ohana Means Family is the signature phrase in Lilo & Stitch, and it’s also the name of this painting.
Heather truly captured Merida’s fierce Scottish warrior spirit in this rendering of the Brave heroine.
While he might not be as instantly recognizable as some of the Disney princesses on this list, Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows gets a cool classical makeover here.
Heather perfectly melds Mulan’s feminine look from the beginning of the movie with her warrior spirit.
Peter Pan, Wendy, and even Tinker Bell look hyperrealistic in this style.
Rapunzel’s lanterns and her endless hair are beautifully depicted here.
And here’s one of Disney’s more modern princesses: Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
For more of Heather’s work, check out her website and her Facebook page.