There’s Something Different About These Google Street View Images… And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Halley Docherty — Gardian’s “Street View specialist” — went viral when she showed us the world’s cities through the lens of famous album covers. Now the artist has applied the Google Street View treatment to a bunch of well-known historical paintings of scenes from some of the biggest cities around the world, including New York, Tokyo, Istanbul and Saint Petersburg.

And the resulting pictures are stunning. Take a look below.

1. At the Entrance to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem (1886) by Gustav Bauernfeind. This also shows the Dome of the Rock before it got its bronze alloy coating in the 1960s.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

2. Hustle and Bustle on the Galata Bridge in Constantinople (1890s) by Fausto Zonaro. The view is south down Galata Bridge. The Yeni Cami (New Mosque), which was completed between 1660and 1665, is still there. The painting makes it look larger and more imposing than it does in Google Street View, where it is mixed in with telephone wires and traffic lights.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

3. Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper. The location of Hopper’s subject has been widely debated, but seems to be on the south-west side of Mulry Square, where Perry Street slants.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

4. Caulking Boats (1832) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Today the Tokyo Skytree looks a little like the scaffold tower seen in the distance of this 1832 view across the Sumida River. It was in Japanese media and blogs because of this a few years ago. Next to it you can see a fire lookout post.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

5. Night view of Saruwaka Street (1856) by Utagawa Hiroshige. This view south in Asakusa, Tokyo, is where a monument stands sandwiched in between two modern buildings commemorating the location of the Morita-za theatre seen on the far right of the painting. The area was destroyed in 1923 by the Great Kanto earthquake.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

6. View of Nihonbashi Tori-itcho╠äme (1858) by Utagawa Hiroshige. On the right of this Tokyo street view is Shirokiya Gofukuten, which in Hiroshige’s day was a dry goods store and in fact is one of the longest running retailers in Japan, founded in 1662. The modern-day company still uses the logo you see on the curtain in the Hiroshige drawing.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

7. The Stonemason’s Yard (1726-30) by Canaletto. It is likely Canaletto painted this from a window in the Church of San Vidal overlooking the small space. The Ponte dell’Accademia blocks the view over to the Church of San Maria della Carit├á now and even the church is quite different. Its bell tower fell within about 20 years of Canaletto painting it.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

8. The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica (1760-65) by Francesco Guardi. The tower next to the basilica today is a replacement for this one, which stood from the 15th century until it collapsed in 1902.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

9. A Regatta on the Grand Canal (c. 1740) by Canaletto. The man on the left in yellow staring at the viewer is supposedly Joseph Smith, the famous patron of Canaletto and British consul in Venice.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

10. Le boulevard des Capucines devant le théâtre du Vaudeville (1889) by Jean Béraud. The theatre was purchased by Paramount and turned into a cinema. The facade remains the same behind the neon signs and illuminated posters for new blockbusters.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

11. La Modiste Sur Les Champs-Élysées (1889) by Jean Béraud.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

12. Sailors jousting between Pont Notre-Dame and Pont au Change (1756) by Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet. The old Pont Notre-Dame is shown with all the buildings on it a year or two before they started deconstructing the bridge for safety reasons.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

13. Parade at the Palace Square in St Petersburg (1800s) by Adolphe Ladurner. In the middle is the 600-tonne red granite Alexander Column. It was built between 1830 and 1834 and was one of the tallest columns in the world.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

14. St Petersburg — Nevsky Prospekt by Anichkov Bridge (1847) by Ludwig Franz Karl Bohnstedt.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

15. Antwerp — Group Portrait of the Oude Voetboog Guild on the Grote Markt (1643) David Teniers II.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

16. Spittelmarkt (1833) by Eduard Ga╠êrtner. St Gertrude‘s, pictured, stood here from 1440 until the 1880s. There is still an open space and a square here (at the convergence of a huge set of roads and the U-bahn station Spittlemarkt), but the buildings no longer stand.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

17. Berlin — Opernhaus (1850s) by Eduard Gaertner.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

18. The ‘Golden Bend’ in the Herengracht, Amsterdam, Seen from the West (1672) by Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde. It is remarkable how little this view has changed.

There's Something Different About These Google Street View Images... And You Will Absolutely Love It.

Photograph: Halley Docherty.

H / T The Roosevelts.

I suspect that Halley Docherty’s Google Street View take on these masterpieces will be every bit as successful as the one on those famous album covers.

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