Johnnie Walker gets into art history

PaintingJonathan Glazer’s 1999 “Surfer” spot for Guinness, inspired by Walter Crane’s painting Neptune’s Horses, may be the most accomplished example of an ad that brings a piece of fine art to life. A new 60-second Johnnie Walker spot from Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Aardman Animations does pretty well, too. The spot’s central character begins as one of the warriors in Delacroix’s The Battle of Taillebourg and proceeds to travel through works by Seurat, Miro, Magritte and Hokusai.

—Posted by Tim Nudd