A caricature artist has inserted Mr Bean’s face into great paintings and it’s just wonderful

17 September 2019, 17:07 | Updated: 15 February 2022, 22:20

Mr Bean by Rodney Pike
Mr Bean. Picture: Rodney Pike

By Kyle Macdonald

Rowan Atkinson’s loveably hapless eccentric stars as the subject of the greatest works of art, from the Renaissance and beyond.

Over the last few years, artist and caricaturist Rodney Pike has taken on a substantial project, involving the entire history of art.

He has used all his skills in drawing and digital manipulation to painstakingly rework great paintings from the Renaissance to the 20th century. And you’ll be delighted to hear that he’s reimagined them to feature that star of small screen comedy, Mr Bean.

Here’s a tour of the magnificence, starring many of the iconic facial expressions of Rowan Atkinson’s most famous creation.

  1. John Singer Sargent’s Madame X

  2. An aristocratic Bean from Rembrant

  3. More Rembrandt

  4. Frank Cadogan Cowper’s ‘Vanity’ (with added Bean)

  5. Rembrandt’s Self Portrait

  6. If George Washington drove a yellow Mini

  7. Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’

  8. Édouard Manet’s ‘Plum Brandy’

  9. Napoleon Beanaparte

  10. Gilbert Stuart Bean