Art can inspire a person to create great things. And sometimes those great things are memes. And sometimes those memes are so good, they end up on the r/TrippinThroughTime subreddit.

The community has over 3.9 million members, constantly proving that good paintings are timeless. For example, they take a portrait from the 1500s, slap a modern caption on it, and voilà—it works. The expression of the subject, the situation he's in... It's all relevant, no matter what year or how we look at the artwork.

"In historic art pieces depicting multiple humans, there is a law that at least one of those humans will look like they have no clue how or why they got there," the moderators of the subreddit write. "It's like Where's Waldo? except instead of looking for Waldo, you're looking for the dude that looks like he just dropped acid."

Continue scrolling and you'll understand what they mean.

#1

Thriller

Thriller

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Aeon Flux
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes.

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Our loyal readers probably know just how much we here at Bored Panda love contemporary takes on classic art, but in case you missed anything, here's our earlier collection of art memes and an equally-amusing list of hilarious museum snapchats. While you're at it, check out this brilliant guide on how to recognize famous paintings to know what you're looking at as well!

#2

In The Afterlife

In The Afterlife

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nanashi
Community Member
4 months ago

you laugh but my cats would DEFINITELY do this

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Ironically while traveling because of the pandemic is impossible, you can become a virtual globetrotter and see exhibits, arts, and learning materials from over 1,200 thousand museums around the world with Google Arts and Culture. Have you ever thought about visiting the Hammer Museum in L.A? Or walk through the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam? How about taking a peek inside the National Museum of Indonesia?

Some works provide an interpretive text with an exploratory zoom capability too!

#3

Mary?

Mary?

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Loled way too hard

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#4

A Nude Painting

A Nude Painting

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Laana
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahahahaha,perfect!

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#5

How It Went Down

How It Went Down

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
4 months ago

They weren't wrong... they have been providing entertainment for the rest of the world. It's usually, "how can they be so dumb", but it's still entertaining

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#6

An Artist Ahead Of His Time

An Artist Ahead Of His Time

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Christina Schulte
Community Member
4 months ago

This.

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#7

This Is Some Good Stuff

This Is Some Good Stuff

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

And believing it is those adult drink things

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#8

Sure

Sure

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Pretty good question though

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#9

Christ Speaking Facts

Christ Speaking Facts

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Catlady6000
Community Member
4 months ago

I can see Jesus doing this. It's that Golden Rule thing

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#10

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

The 2020 edition.

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#11

Dashing Through The Flames

Dashing Through The Flames

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Laana
Community Member
4 months ago

Uff,what a disturbing picture.

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#12

Good Ol' Days

Good Ol' Days

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
4 months ago

Alice we are not supposed to look at the painter... pay attention to your needles

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#13

Got Worried For A Sec

Got Worried For A Sec

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sorlag110
Community Member
4 months ago

1820: Pulls up device from pocket to tell time — 1920: Looks at wrist to tell time like a boss — 2020: Pulls up device from pocket to tell time

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#14

Undress Me With Your Words Darling

Undress Me With Your Words Darling

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ML
Community Member
4 months ago

I have to try this on my wife. Of course I am going to hell after she murders me, but worth a try😂

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#15

That Do Require Full Armour

That Do Require Full Armour

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
4 months ago

Much more challenging, with a higher mortality rate. Seriously, the Dread Beast of Caerbannog has nothing on an angry cat.

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#16

Not Again

Not Again

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

..and that is how John and Jane learned how to make a Molotov cocktail.

wandile dludlu
Community Member
4 months ago

Sweet moustache and lipstick though

Aeon Flux
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice combo.

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
4 months ago

Gawd... I am going for a revolution...I can not take the kids with me woman...

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
4 months ago

He is frustrated because the kids need new clothes and his wife used the fabric for her new gigantic bow. You know, for instagram.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
4 months ago

Kids, is time for you to learn about the Première République :D

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s...that’s a big bow

Who Let The Cats Out
Community Member
4 months ago

Is she wearing Jeans on her head..?

Nevid
Community Member
4 months ago

No it's a traditional Alsacian headdress (or similar). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Traditional_costumes_of_Alsace

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BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a really big bow she has on her head.

totinos pizza rolls
Community Member
4 months ago

I laughed too hard at this one for some reason

Jennifer Przadka
Community Member
4 months ago

What is up with that woman’s bow?

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
4 months ago

The revolution will not be televised...or seen online...or witnessed, when you're on the swing set.

Catlady6000
Community Member
4 months ago

Am I the only one seeing Freddie Mercury?

backatya
Community Member
4 months ago

lol but the colonist need me kids. Otherwise you're playground will stay at fight ground with heads, blood and guts spilling everywhere

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
4 months ago

This is just Marius Pontmercy from Les Mis...

jevais
Community Member
4 months ago

These people are Alsatians at the time it was German, now it's French. The lady is wearing the national costume.

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#17

Medieval Cat Paintings Be Like

Medieval Cat Paintings Be Like

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Laana
Community Member
4 months ago

Down left looks like she’s holding a gun!

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#18

Yeah, Jesus

Yeah, Jesus

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Vero Morales
Community Member
4 months ago

I mean, Paul has a point

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#19

Time For A Yard Sale

Time For A Yard Sale

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Fidgets McGee
Community Member
4 months ago

...but that dragon is necessary

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#20

She Puffy

She Puffy

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

That's the self respect I need

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#21

The 1st Year They Said

The 1st Year They Said

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I'manoob!
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

No!! No!!! no! I DON'T LIKE GAMES LIKE THIS!!!! >:(

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#22

Confidence Level: 200

Confidence Level: 200

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

Crushed by the tears of peasants.

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#23

Betrayal

Betrayal

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL DOGE

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#24

Is It Possible?

Is It Possible?

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
4 months ago

...but not as wrong as inbreeding

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#25

Love Language

Love Language

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

Woooostershur.

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#26

Happens Every Time

Happens Every Time

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

It's the other way round for me

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#27

They Don’t Make Horses Like They Did Back Then

They Don’t Make Horses Like They Did Back Then

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alex but festive
Community Member
4 months ago

the back legs too

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#28

Wink Wink

Wink Wink

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
4 months ago

[Jesus goes over the bill at the last supper] "Why would- [closes eyes & rubs bridge of nose] -why would anyone order wine?

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#29

Pesky Sheep

Pesky Sheep

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Netflix be like You still digesting?

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#30

Gum Wrapper Hat

Gum Wrapper Hat

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
4 months ago

When the waiter is taking too long to bring your food...

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#31

Every Time

Every Time

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Vero Morales
Community Member
4 months ago

Limbo!

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#32

So That's Why He Died As A Virgin

So That's Why He Died As A Virgin

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nanashi
Community Member
4 months ago

it's no longer gay outside anymore since the pandemic, unfortunately

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#33

Wait Bro

Wait Bro

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Vero Morales
Community Member
4 months ago

I do the flute thing, but with the nose

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#34

Yeah

Yeah

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
4 months ago

To be fair, it wasn't exactly her choice to do so.

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#35

History Channel

History Channel

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ML
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this the work of Rembrandt or Michaelangelo?

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#36

Binge

Binge

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Vero Morales
Community Member
4 months ago

Pffff I wish I look more like that and less like jaba

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#37

Mom Knows

Mom Knows

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Aeon Flux
Community Member
4 months ago

Yiss

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#38

Cats Are Assholes

Cats Are Assholes

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Kitten claws
Community Member
4 months ago

lmao, yes. MRROOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW all night long

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#39

Just Wait

Just Wait

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I'manoob!
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

YAASS! >:3

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#40

Not Clickbait

Not Clickbait

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The only Plueschopossum
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd like to upvote this a thousand times :D

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#41

The Ultimate Fantasy

The Ultimate Fantasy

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I'manoob!
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

haha *sigh* mine is getting to play outside and not have to think about school

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#42

If Only He Had A Phone

If Only He Had A Phone

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor he

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#43

Lunch Of Shame

Lunch Of Shame

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

Lay the table, Tanya!

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#44

Uhhhh... Just No

Uhhhh... Just No

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

Who exactly thought of drawing my face ?

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#45

It's Really Confusing

It's Really Confusing

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
4 months ago

A swift kick in the groin is usually an effective deterrent.

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#46

I'm About To End This Man's Whole Career

I'm About To End This Man's Whole Career

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Aeon Flux
Community Member
4 months ago

Yessss

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#47

That’s Love

That’s Love

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Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

That's my granny after Thanksgiving

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#48

Those Aren't Plums, Gary

Those Aren't Plums, Gary

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Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

Quarantine fashion be like..

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#49

Even Beethoven Was Patient Three Times Only

Even Beethoven Was Patient Three Times Only

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Ekate
Community Member
4 months ago

"Don't worry sir, It is a momentous decision and I have all day"

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#50

Poor Thing

Poor Thing

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
4 months ago

On behalf of the poor, thank you.

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