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Classical Art Memes That Prove Humanity Hasn't Changed

If you think about cultural legacies that have survived through the years, art is one of the first things that pops to mind. Art has survived centuries and still remains relevant, even in the 2020 context. How do we relate to art today? Through the form of memes, of course. Here are the latest historical art memes that give you the mashup of ancient and present times that will have you asking how did I get here? Don't forget to have a look at last week's art memes for even more awesome memes. 

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Relatable Classical Art Memes That Show Things Have Always Been The Same

Art isn't everyone's cup of tea, but you know what is? Memes. So what happens if you mix historic classical art with memes? Hilarious, timeless jokes that appeal to the ancient and modern in all of us. If this sounds like something you'll like, have a look at our latest collection of historic art memes about modern problems. 

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Relatable Classical Art Memes That Show Humanity Hasn't Change

Art has changed a lot through the years, but one thing will never change: how art is interpreted. Which is in literally any way you want. Why not interpret the meaning of an historic painting with a modern question? Well that's exactly what these memes from r/trippinthroughtime do. Have a look at last week's collection for even more laughs. 

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Relatable Classical Art Memes That Prove Humans Will Never Change

Some would argue that the meme is a modern form of art. Others would disagree and say that the only acceptable form of art is that of the past few centuries. What if we combined these opinions? We'd have historical art memes. And that's exactly what we have in this new collection of memes from the r/trippinthroughtime subreddit.

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Twitter Thread: Medieval Artists Had No Idea What Animals Looked Like

At this point we're all aware of the cursed nature of medieval cat art. Their strangely human painted faces are the stuff of bad trips, or for the innocent, nightmares. While we've learned to accept their demonic yet depressed vibe, Twitter user @DannyDutch has clued us into some more fascinating (and slightly freaky) medieval animal art. His thread boasts 17 examples of medieval artists saying "f*ck it, i think this is what xyz animal looks like." And while sometimes the artists hit the nail mostly on the head, some have left us either laughing at their absurdity or feeling slightly disturbed. However these artifacts make you feel, we can be sure of one thing: art and world travel have both come a long way since the Middle Ages.

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52 Art Memes For People Of Culture

Many of us may not be able to visit museums due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we're happy to report that we've got the next best thing. Art memes. They combine the creativity and skill of our favorite eras of art with dumb and relatable humor. What more could you want? 

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Toro de la Vega draws tens of thousands of protestors opposing the medieval festival.
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Tens of thousands rallied to the Sol Square in Madrid to protest Sept. 15's Toro de la Vega festival, wherein local men chase down a bull and hurl spears at it until its dead. Why would anyone have a problem with that?

If you can believe it, the festival is said to have begun in 1534. Without Internet, television and probably a largely illiterate population, chasing down a bull would probably seem like some pretty stellar entertainment.

The BBC describes the proceedings even futher:

The Toro de la Vega festival is unique in that after the bull is run through the town, chasing daredevil participants through the streets in a similar fashion to Pamplona's famous San Fermin event, the beast is not fought by professional matadors in a ring.

Instead, all comers battle for the honour of killing the animal out in the open plain, some on horseback, others on foot. The winner of the tournament trophy is the one who lands the mortal wound on the bull, bringing it to its knees before an accredited expert deals a coup de grace to the animal's neck.

Supporters of the nearly 500-year-old tradition say it is the purest of battles between man and bull, pointing to strict rules against wounding the animal from the side or attacking in numbers rather than one by one.



But of course, this festival is seen as an act of barbarism by many in Spain and abroad. It sparked large protests last year with accusations of assault on both sides of the issue — not including those four injured by the chased bull.



And then this year, the protests swelled and erupted on social media as well:







It could be a sign of ever-more divisive political sides, raising ethical consciousness or the outrage over Cecil the Lion has found a new target.

Whatever it is, there won't be a happy ending for that bull this year.

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