What do you think of the art of classical times? No matter if you go on each year to visit the Louvre or your notion of classical art is paintings that decorate the walls of the house of your grandmother, and It’s not a secret that the art of thousands of years ago was stunning. It’s incredible how much of their work has stood through time and is revered in the world’s museums by millions of people every year. If you’re not a classical art lover, perhaps you’re contemplating how some ancient, dusty artworks relate to you.
Let me show you how-to-use The Classical Damn Instagram page. The account has built an enviable following by taking classic pieces of art captioned with humorous modern interpretations. The account is filled with memes that discuss everything from current issues in society and the ridiculousness of their artwork, and we’ve put together a selection of our most popular posts below for you to share with everyone. Enjoy this collection that may make you feel like you’re in the most amazing art gallery on earth. Make sure to upvote the pictures you think are most entertaining. Continue reading for interviews with J.T. Lanci, creator of the Verona Art Blog. If you’re looking to check out additional classical art memes, discover Bored Panda’s most recent article about Classical Damn right here.
In an earlier interview, Bored Panda, the founder of Classical Damn, explained why the page was created in the year 2019 to combine two of their interests: memes and art. They’ve achieved their goal, and the page has grown to over 340k followers over the past couple of years. Although memes were not prevalent at the time these paintings were made, it’s fascinating to see the merging of classical and modern takes on the paintings. The majority of these pieces of art are likely to be normal images meant to represent daily life at the moment they were created. Therefore it’s only natural to reflect on them by comparing them to modern versions of real-world problems or scenarios.
The site might encourage you to explore this world of art. So we reached out to the blogger and creator of the Verona Art Blog, J.T. Lanci, to learn how he became fascinated by classic art and the things he likes the most about it. “I was a student for a while living with my grandfather in the town in Lanciano, Italy. In that city, I was exposed to classical art and was taught the language of speaking about the subject,” he told Bored Panda. “What was the most important factor that inspired me to fall in admiration of classical art is its universality. Classical art is a storyteller that can communicate to our daughters, sons mothers, fathers, spouses, and any other job we can play in our lives as humans. Classical art is for everyone and tells the story of our lives from the beginning of time.”
We also inquired J.T. how important classical art has become today. “Classical artwork is more relevant than ever,” said the author. “In our modern times, we are bombarded by information about ourselves and what we should be, but classical art helps us to stay in our natural beauty. Furthermore, the splendor of art that is classical has endured the test of time and encourages the artist to reveal our beautiful self to the world.”
Next, J.T. gave suggestions to those keen to learn more about the art of classical times but aren’t sure where to begin. “I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn-more about the art of classical times to attend an art appreciation class. Museums usually offer them in the area or even online. There are also a lot of amazing art analysis videos that are available at no cost through YouTube,” he suggested. “Try a search for “art analysis’ to then checks out the amazing videos that show up. Of course, there are amazing resources through my website, The Veronais Art Blog.”
The blog J.T. writes about the specialty that, at the time it was developed, classical art was a work that could be enjoyed by anyone and by everyone. It is not an exclusive privilege. “Classical art, therefore, is significant because it is an art that is targeted towards the masses,” he writes. “While it’s the case that, in many instances, classical art was either commissioned or approved by aristocrats and officials of the church, its message is distinctly proletarian in its delivery. Despite the impression of the classical arts as something to be taken by the upper classes, It is only further back in the art world that we see ways of expression that intentionally exclude the masses.”
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While memes and contemporary art are more popular nowadays than Rembrandt’s classic art is still able to attract crowds. Huge crowds actually for the Louvre. In 2018 the Louvre set a record of 10.2 million visitors over the whole year. It was not just a personal record, but this was the largest number of people any museum has ever had. Interestingly, the museum’s website mentions a number of reasons for the increase in visitors: the revival of tourism in France and the museum’s flagship exhibit “Delacroix (1798-1863 ).”, the Louvre Abu Dhabi (which has recently celebrated its one-year anniversary) as well as Beyonce JAYZ’s “Apes**t” video, which is a tribute to the most famous artworks in the museum. The Louvre acknowledges that there’s nothing wrong with mixing the art of classical and modern and it could boost the interest of modern viewers in classical art.
It’s not surprising that many enjoy seeing art-related works on Instagram with humorous captions since the public loves art everywhere. One study by Professor Cees van Riel from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus-University found that art museums have a much better reputation than the world’s most renowned brands, including Rolex, Lego and Canon. The most well-known museum in the world is The Louvre, with the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam coming in close second and third places among the top 18 art galleries.
In honor of classical art, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of the most famous pieces of art of all time: the Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci’s famed painting of a woman is painted on the wood of a poplar panel. The Mona Lisa is known for the beautiful woman that it depicts and the debate over whether or not she’s smiling. The woman as the subject of the portrait is believed to be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of an aristocratic silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo. One of the reasons why the Mona Lisa is exceptional is because of da Vinci’s use of the sfumato technique that uses subtle variations in light and shadow to illustrate the form of the subject and makes clear that he knew the way her skull was formed.
Like every good work of art is expected to have to, it’s no surprise that the Mona Lisa has been the subject of some interesting comments from people who have seen it over time and also endured a fair amount of criticism. 1911 it was stolen from the ground in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian carpenter in the Louvre at the time. He claimed that the work should be displayed in the Italian museum, not a French one, however there is speculation that he planned to create copies to be sold for profit on black markets. Since then it has seen a lot of trouble. Mona Lisa has been sprayed with acid, rock and a terra-cotta vessel thrown at her but thankfully, she’s protected today. The museum was finally able to put her behind glass that was bulletproof some time in the past.
We hope you’re enjoying this mix of contemporary art and commentary we have curated for you. Continue to upvote all the artworks you’d like to see in your home, and then tell us in the comments section what your top piece of classic art is. We hope you’re attracted to visit an art gallery today, even if it’s only to share a few funny remarks with your pal about how each artwork should be captioned. Art is art, and you’re free to interpret it in any way you’d like. If you’d love to view more hilarious memes after you’ve finished this list, read our previous post about The Classical Dead on our website.