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Art is famously subjective, you might feel that a Titian or Michelangelo masterpiece is the height of man’s artistic achievement. I, on the other hand, may prefer a loaf of bread and some olive oil to dip it into. Well a new trend is marrying together those view-points. Sort of…

So get your ingredients together and let’s visit the National Gallery, Louvre and Prado of focaccia…

Edvard Munch – The Scream

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is best known for The Scream. Originally titled The Scream of Nature, while Munch produced various versions of The Scream he probably didn’t consider using focaccia as his primary medium. Which is where he went wrong.

Thankfully Instagram has filled the void that the artist carelessly left with a foccacia version incorporating asparagus, peppers and aubergine. Leaving it ready to… munch.

Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci

The most iconic painting in existence,  da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has long inspired artists, critics and tourists with its dramatic setting and enigmatic sitter.

Mona Lisa’s smile has long puzzled fans of the renaissance masterpiece, but we’re pretty sure she’s just thinking ‘if only I was made from focaccia’…

The Son of Man – René Magritte

Ceci n’est pas un painting, because it’s made from focaccia.

Based on The Son of Man, by René Magritte, this bready recreation uses aubergine, pepper, basil and potato to represent the famous self portrait.

Painted in 1964, the iconic painting is a commentary between “the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present”, no doubt exactly the topics the baker wanted to consider.

Jurassic Park!

1993 classic Jurassic Park ushered in 90s dino-mania and was one of the biggest films of the decade.

Originally filmed on celluloid, it’s perhaps surprising that Stephen Spielberg chose the format when focaccia would have clearly been just as effective.

Thankfully Instagram’s here to correct that historical injustice.

Frida Kahlo – Self Portrait

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is famous for her colourful self-portraits. Exploring questions of Mexican identity through her art, the nuance is arguably somewhat lost when relayed through focaccia.

But this baker would say ‘right back focaccia!’, what better way to immortalise this titan of art?


Stephen King’s terrifying clown Pennywise is a little less disconcerting when fashioned from dough.

The main character of the 1986 book It, Pennywise reappears every 27 years to prey upon children.

Cauliflower ruff, tomato buttons and pepper hair, don’t wait 27 years before tucking into It…

Gustav Klimt – Mother and Child

Klimt’s 1905 Mother and Child from his larger work Three Ages of Woman is rightly considered a masterpiece, but its focaccia rendering deserves praise too.

Probably the closest focaccia piece to its original inspiration, this is almost museum worth itself!

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk – Claude Monet

Impressionist Claude Monet’s Venetian painting depicts the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore. It’s awash with colour and it seems that focaccia art is the perfect transition for Monet’s impressionism.

The painting was the one apparently stolen in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, and if Pierce Brosnan had popped this in his briefcase he’d’ve been none-the-wiser until Rene Russo comes knocking.

Sunflowers (and Poppies) – Vincent Van Gogh

Channelling the themes of Van Gogh (or ‘Van Dough (only works if you pronounce it wrongly like an American)) the poppies and sunflower combo here is surprisingly effective.

We’d give a left ear to taste this, which perhaps solves a century old mystery?

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