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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.

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!

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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!

#4

A Nude Painting

A Nude Painting

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MrsPossum
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it just me, or does the painter have kind of a weird tan line?? 🤣

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How It Went Down

How It Went Down

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wandile dludlu
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#7

This Is Some Good Stuff

This Is Some Good Stuff

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Christ Speaking Facts

Christ Speaking Facts

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#11

Good Ol' Days

Good Ol' Days

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Vikram Bedi
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Got Worried For A Sec

Got Worried For A Sec

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sorlag110
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#13

That Do Require Full Armour

That Do Require Full Armour

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#14

Not Again

Not Again

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Ekate
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#18

The 1st Year They Said

The 1st Year They Said

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They Don’t Make Horses Like They Did Back Then

They Don’t Make Horses Like They Did Back Then

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#24

Wink Wink

Wink Wink

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wandile dludlu
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

[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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#30

History Channel

History Channel

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Cats Are Assholes

Cats Are Assholes

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Just Wait

Just Wait

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Lillian Jimenez
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do this all the time, but by the time I find the meme, it's not funny anymore. 😂😭

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#35

Not Clickbait

Not Clickbait

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#36

The Ultimate Fantasy

The Ultimate Fantasy

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I'manoob!
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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Lunch Of Shame

Lunch Of Shame

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Who? Me?
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me internally dying to tell my mom that I need URGENT school supplies at dinner

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#40

It's Really Confusing

It's Really Confusing

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

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

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Proceeds to answer with: "Now I'm writing this very slowly, so it's easier for you to understand, but......"

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#44

Even Beethoven Was Patient Three Times Only

Even Beethoven Was Patient Three Times Only

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Ekate
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#50

Calm Down

Calm Down

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Ekate
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a god asks you to kill your kid, it's time to get a new religion, I think.

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Yep

Yep

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