Serge Gainsbourg considered popular music as a minor art compared to painting and sculpture. While record covers are true products of the pop culture, they sometimes borrowed to the fine arts. Numerous examples of sleeves are obvious imitations or reproductions of famous works of art, denoting either a genuine devotion or a deliberate attempt to gain artistic credit (or both). In return, some contemporary figures in the visual arts fairly understood the benefit in contributing, directly or not, to popular music, and thus reaching a much larger audience. How many rock fans discovered Andy Warhol with the famous Velvet Underground banana ? This website is about record covers and arts.

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Millais' Raleigh brothers

John Everett Millais

Boyhood of Raleigh (1870)

Talk Talk

It's My Life (1984)

Valeri's Stendhal portrait

Silvestro Valeri

Stendhal en Uniforme de Consul (1835-36)


Stendhal Syndrome (EP) (2017)

Lichtenstein's car

Roy Lichstenstein

In the Car (1963)

Bobby "O"

I Cry For You (EP) (1983)

Peter Gallagher

L'Etranger (unknown)

Bob Dylan

World Gone Wrong (1993)

Kubrick's Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick

Clockwork Orange (1971)

True Sounds of Liberty

Beneath the Shadows (TSOL) (1982)

Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflowers (1888)


El Girasol EP (2012)

Mondrian's primary colours (3)

Piet Mondrian

Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow


Internationales Geräuschorchester / Karnataka College Of Percussion

Tone Soul Evolution


Bert Stern's The last sitting (Marilyn)

Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe - Crucifix III (from The Last Sitting) (1962)

Lloyd Cole

Lloyd Cole (also known as X) (1990)

Facteur Cheval's ideal palace

Ferdinand Cheval, dit le Facteur Cheval

Palais Idéal (1879-1912)

Magik Markers

Balf Quarry (2009)

Magritte's Happy donor

René Magritte

L'Heureux Donateur (1966)

Spooky Tooth

The Mirror (1974)

Browne's burning monk

Malcolm Browne

Burning Monk (1963)

Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Dali's slave market with the disappearing bust of Voltaire

Salvador Dali

Marché d'Esclaves(avec apparition du buste invisible de Voltaire) (1940)

Alice Cooper

DaDa (1983)

Leighton's Flaming June

Lord Frederick Leighton

Flaming June (1895)

Malcolm McLaren And The Bootzilla Orchestra

Waltz Darling (1989)

Schiele's autumn trees

Egon Schiele

Autumn Trees (1911)


Music for Egon Schiele (1996)

Giger's Satan

H.R. Giger

Satan I (1973)

Celtic Frost

To Mega Therion (1985)

Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (2)

James Whale

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Heins Hoffman-Richter

Music To Freak Your Friends And Break Your Lease (1974)

Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus

Leonardo Da Vinci

Canon study from Codex Atlanticus (1478-1518)


Anyway (1970)

Schnabel's girl with no eyes

Julian Schnabel

Girl with no Eyes (2001)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

By the Way (2002)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Universally Speaking EP (2003)

Divola's trashed room

John Divola

Zuma #41 (1977)

Lloyd Cole

Love Story (1995)

Paernio's mausoleum

Demetrio Paernio

Appiani Family Tomb, Staglieno Cemetery, Genova (1910)

Joy Division

Closer (1980)

Peter Hook and The Light

Closer Tour 2011, Live in Manchester (2017)

Caravaggio's Medusa


Medusa (1598)

Salim Ghazi Saeedi

namoWoman (2012)

Mankiewicz's Cleopatra

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Liz Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)

Paul Horn

Impressions of Cleopatra (1963)

Jones' chair

Allen Jones

Chair (1969)

Vive La Fête!

Attaque Populaire (2003)

Escher's spiral ribbon heads

M.C. Escher

Bond of Union (1956)

Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter (1975)