Rino Stefano Tagliafierro created this video by taking old master paintings, separating elements into layers, and applying gentle movements with a digital animation program.
Together with the music and audio FX track, the animations take on a strange, dreamy, and at times disturbing feeling. (Link to YouTube video)
It's amazing how compelling any movement is—it kind of overrides everything else about the picture, and gives a sense of the painting as a possible moment of a larger continuity. In places, the visuals are sensual and gruesome, but so are the old master paintings they're based on.