In celebration of Google's iconic classical art app. We have all discovered past pieces of art that have a strange familiarity to us, which just goes to show humans haven't changed in thousands of years. Not that Google invented classical art memes or anything- they just made them more hilarious if that was even possible. Thanks to accounts like Facebook’s Classical Art Memes (4.8 million followers) and Twitter’s Medieval Reactions (494,000 followers), centuries-old paintings—usually captioned with a funny, contemporary tag—regularly reach virality.
Museums and art galleries can become an overwhelming experience for the casual visitor. So art memes are here to culturize us, help us become more worldly, but most importantly make us laugh. While institutional and individual social media accounts with educational aims generally provide some context for an artwork, painting memes tend to be an art historian’s nightmare.