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Classical Art Memes

Memes are the Key to the Doorway of Eternity – feat. Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich (1818)

“When you” look closely at a work of art — especially characters, poses and expressions — and find daily embarrassing situations or bizarre dialogues, just like nothing happened. “When you” manage to tell an ephimeral present through an eternal oil past, in an incurable ironic way. This is what many artists, art enthusiasts, graphic designers and creative minds have been doing for years, with the result of giving more then a smile to us and a new light to works often unknown to the general public.

Actually, besides being an inexhaustible source of inspiration, classical works of art are also free subjects to make art through art, since they are in the public domain — copyright in a work comes to an end generally 70 years after the last creator’s death. One of the most representative examples of this is definitely the Mona Lisa.

The Emerald started Classical Art Memes years ago and built it up to 5 million followers on his own, by creating unique content. Over the years he has made thousands of memes. “I post fresh content regularly but it’s often a struggle as I have to work full time 9 – 5 and I don’t always have the time to produce as much as I used to.” That’s the reason why he’s one of those who consider Patreon platform the perfect way for people to support and maybe allow him to work part time so he could make thousands more memes.

Me Seeing 0 Message Notifications Because I’ve Isolated Myself and Ruined My Relationships – from Portrait of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro by Raphael (ca. 1506)
When You Check Your Bank Balance After the Festive Period to Examine the Damage – feat. The Conjurer / The Magician by Hieronymus Bosch (attributed, ca. 1502)
Me After I Defended Someone Who Turned Out to Be Just Like Everyone Said – from Laughing Fool by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (attributed, ca. 1500)
When You Forget to Hide Your Emotions for Half a Second and Make a Ridiculous Face Out Loud – from Surprise in Terror (Self-Portrait) by Joseph Ducreux (ca. 1790)
Epidemic – from WWI propaganda poster “Daddy, What Did You Do in the Great War?”
When Somebody You Just Met Starts Telling You Loads of Personal Shit – from The Ordeal of the Bier by Jenő Gyárfás (1881)
Perhaps Judas’s Biggest Crime was Never Understanding Personal Space – feat. Kiss of Judas by (Clockwise from top): Ary Sheffer (1862), Barna da Siena (14th c.), Jean Bourdichon (end of 15th century), Louay Kayali (1974)
When You Go to a Fancy Party but You Want to Steal Their New 4K 50 Inch TV – from Maria Luisa Of Parma Wearing Panniers by Francisco Goya (1789)
When You’re Dead Inside but Love Nature – from The Garden of Death by Hugo Simberg (1896)
Oh Hai Thar – from Still Life with Green Soup by Fernando Botero (1972)
So Fat – from Picnic in the Mountains by Fernando Botero (1966)
Existential Dread – from Flirt by Federico Andreotti
Humans – from Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife by Jean-Baptiste Nattier (1711)
Fake Apologies – from A Difference of Opinion by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1896)
When You Show Too Much Interest in Someone and They Run Away – from Love’s Young Dream by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1887)
When Women Check the “Message Request” Section of Their Fb Messenger – from Pandora’s Box by Unknown (19th-Century)
Undress Me with Your Words – from The Embrace by Joseph Frederick Charles Soulacroix
Extra Dipping Sauce from Gamblers Quarreling by Jan Havicksz Steen (ca. 1665)
Me When I See Someone Else’s Food at a Restaurant – from Une soirée au Pré Catelan by Henri Alexandre Gervex (1909)
I Love Me Too – from Echo and Narcissus (1903) by John William Waterhouse
When You Joke About a Serious Issue and People Start Writing Essays in the Comments – from Portrait of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro by Raphael (ca. 1506)
When You Take Some Time Off Work and Can’t Remember What to Do When You Get Back – from Laughing Fool by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (attributed, ca. 1500)
Anxiety is Just Conspiracy Theories About Yourself – from The Coming Storm by Albert Bierstadt (1869)

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