Twitter Feed Adds Hilarious Captions to Old Master Paintings

Photo: @WTFrenaissance
Photo: @WTFrenaissance

Photo: @WTFrenaissance

Someone’s at it again. Another hilarious art parody account on social media has just showed up on our radar, thanks to BuzzFeed.  This one is called @WTFRenaissance, and the user or users behind it add hilarious captions to perplexing Renaissance paintings. Cheeky, clever, and absurd, this Twitter account puts a new spin on Old Masters by providing a potential contemporary context.

photo: @WTFrenaissance

Photo: @WTFrenaissance

People say the best kind of humor is the type that hits close to home, so comments on these character’s personal relationships, physical appearances, or choice of garb make it easy to have a few chuckles at these arcane paintings’ expense. You’ll also find references to a few pop culture touchstones, including the Hunger Games saga and the DIY e-commerce site Etsy, along with a poke at the popular denim style of choice for trendy hipsters, skinny jeans.

photo: @WTFrenaissance

Photo: @WTFrenaissance

But the one that takes the cake is the painting of Mary with her “mermaid” son Jesus. Or, according to @WTFRenaissance’s interpretation: “Pray as she might, Isabelle’s child remained a mermaid. She would always regret getting drunk and shagging that fish.”

Get it together, @WTF Renaissance, it’s called a mer-man! Derek Zoolander would be disappointed.

Photo: @WTFrenaissance

Photo: @WTFrenaissance

@WTFRenaissance boasts a veritable triple threat of social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. No doubt an Instagram version is in the works.


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