Good Designers Copy, Great Designers Steal
—Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was the first living artist who was featured in the Louvre. I heard this quote so many times but never knew why did he say this? But one day I was listening Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion and while enjoying songs I checked the album cover to view other songs listed. The album covers of both Use Your Illusion albums were similar except the colors. The first album cover used warm colors and the second one used cool colors. The artist who created these covers used a detail from Raphael‘s famous masterpiece The School of Athens. The figure on the cover unlike many of those in the painting was not any specific philosopher. Both the albums covers are the work of Mark Kostabi. After that I searched internet for similar kind of works and I found so many albums which were using famous works for their cover art. Some of those albums are.

 

Nine Lives (1997) – Aerosmith

Nine Lives (1997) – Aerosmith

The artwork took from Hindu religion and altered by giving the dancing figure who is Lord Krishna a cat's head on the head of the snake demon, Kaliya.

 

Axis: Bold as Love (1967) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Axis: Bold as Love (1967) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Album's cover has a photographed copy of a religious poster of the Hindu painting known as ‘Viraat Purushan-Vishnuroopam’ showing various forms of Vishnu with a superimposed painting.

 

Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985) – The Pogues

Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985) - The Pogues

The cover used a copy of The Raft of the Medusa an over-life-size oil painting by the French painter Théodore Géricault.

 

Intravenus de Milo (1974) – Spinal Tap

Intravenus de Milo (1974) - Spinal Tap

Cover of one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture Venus de Milo (Greek goddess of love and beauty) with an IV tube connected to her

 

The Gospel According to the Meninblack (1981) – The Stranglers

The Gospel According to the Meninblack (1981) - The Stranglers

The original cover features artwork a reproduction of The Last Supper a 15th century mural painting created by Leonardo da Vinci, altered to depict a solemn Maninblack standing watchfully to Jesus' left, in place of Philip.

 

Best of Aphrodite’s Child (1980) – Aphrodite’s Child

Best of Aphrodite's Child (1980) - Aphrodite's Child

It’s copy of The Birth of Venus, a painting of Sandro Botticelli. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore.

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