Art History class just got waaaayyy less boring.
I recently stumbled across, WTF Art History, a tumblr created “for everyone interested in art history who has asked, WTF?” And seriously – there are a ton of things out there that fit the bill. This blog is fantastic, because whoever runs it has compiled artwork from the past few centuries into pretty much every funny, awkward, and innappropriate category you can think of, with a couple of random awesome ones just thrown in there for fun. And to top it off, the captions for each post are hilarious.
Check out a few of my favorite WTF pictures below.
Francesco del Cossa, Saint Lucy(detail), c. 1473/1474, tempera on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Marinus van Reymerswaele, Two Tax Gatherers, ca. 1540, oil on panel. The National Gallery, London
Thomas Rowlandson, Theatrical Leap Frog, 1804, etching and watercolor. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Spring (Allegory of Spring),1573, oil on canvas. Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid
Caravaggio, Medusa, 1597, oil on canvas mounted on wood. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Chen Wenling, What You See May Not Be Real, 2009, fiberglass and paint. Installation in Beijing Art Gallery in 2009
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Four Figures on a Step, c. 1655-60, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Giovanni Cariani, Saint Agatha, c. 1516-1517, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
There are a lot more inappropriate captions and awkward photos that I couldn’t in good conscience post on here, but feel free to check ’em out on the website for yourself. After all, it’s educational!