"The Little Mermaid" Eric and Ariel
photo: Walt Disney Studios

Disney animation is already a work of art on its own, but one illustrator on Instagram gave it the classic artistic treatment. Take a trip back to the Renaissance era and envision favorite Disney characters as subjects in these stunning and historic paintings. Carlos Gromo, the artist who reimagined the Disney characters in these iconic scenes, also shared the original paintings the new works were based on. 

Disney fans' creativity cannot be stopped, and they continue to make inspired designs and drawings based on their favorite characters. Other Disney fan art on Instagram include biker-chick renditions, celebrities as the Disney Princesses, or highly relatable imperfect-princesses illustrations. 

Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid are the subjects of The Siren by John William Waterhouse.

Mermaid legends aren't quite as cheery as the 1989 animated classic would have fans believe. Sirens sang hypnotic tunes that lured sailors to a watery grave, as was depicted in this 1900 painting by John William Waterhouse. As Eric smiles up at his future bride in her mermaid form, he is unaware of the malicious intent she could have. 

Belle the bibliophile makes for a perfect model in this painting from 1870, Ophelia by Pierre Auguste Cot. 

Beast looms over Belle as she pours over a book in this re-creation of the century-old painting. The original dress that Ophelia wears in Cot's art is similar to Belle's iconic blue number that she sports throughout the majority of Beauty and the Beast. One of the most clever Disney Princesses, Belle sees through the Beast's tough exterior and ends up falling in love with him. 

Peter Pan and Wendy bounce through the forest in this youthful interpretation of Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot from 1880. 

Made in the same era as the Ophelia painting, this work of art depicts two nymphs running through a forest in the storm. Appropriately, Peter Pan (aka the boy who never grew up) and Wendy are joined by Tinkerbell as they hide from the rain. Gromo has the talent of being able to capture the emotion of the original artwork with a completely new cast of characters. One admirer commented, "This fits the spirit of the original perfectly!" 

This 1885 Grecian influenced painting, Hermes and Venus Gazing into a Mirror by Walter Crane, fits Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip perfectly. 

I can practically hear Aurora and Phillip singing "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty. This painting is similar to the scene in which these two lovebirds meet for the first time IRL, and not in the subconscious. Venus is the Roman goddess of love, similar to Aphrodite, and Hermes is the messenger to the gods who falls in love with the beautiful goddess. 

Charlotte LaBouff and Tiana lounge in a re-creation of the 1888 painting The Favourite Poet by Lawrence Alma Tadema. 

The Princess and the Frog's best friends fit the vibe of this painting exactly. Charlotte is the spoiled, wealthy daughter of the most powerful man in New Orleans and is a bit of a diva. Meanwhile, Tiana is a hard worker who wants to own her own restaurant one day. Tiana pours over a scroll of writing that could be her world-famous beignet recipe. 

Jane from Tarzan studies elements of the jungle in this adaptation of Sketch of Circe (the Sorceress) by John William Waterhouse in 1911

Sabor, the villainous leopard from Tarzan, lurks in the background of both the Disney update and in the original painting. While the original subject is of Circe the goddess of magic, this re-creation with Jane could be her studying animals in the jungle with her father Professor Porter. The sensible Londoner meets the gruff Tarzan (who was raised by gorillas after his parents were killed when he was a baby) and falls in love with him after studying his life in the jungle. 

Cinderella daydreams about her night at the ball with her remaining glass slipper in this illustration inspired by Rest in Harvest (1865) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

After a long night of dancing with Prince Charming, Cinderella slacks on her chores and lounges in the fields outside of her evil step-family's home. What was meant to be one dreamy night turns into happily ever after when the Prince comes looking for her and the glass slipper fits. The Disney princess wears the exact same dress as the woman in the original; the only main difference is her blonde hair.