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Ever thought art and sports could make a perfect pair? Well, think no more because "Art But Make It Sports" is back on Bored Panda. It is an Instagram account that's turning heads with its quirky comparisons of athletes and artworks.

With over 87,000 followers, this account brings humor and surprising resemblances to your feed. So, without further ado, scroll down to explore the unexpected connections between the canvas and the field!

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"Oberon, Titania, And Puck With Fairies Dancing" By William Blake, 1786

"Oberon, Titania, And Puck With Fairies Dancing" By William Blake, 1786

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I recently saw the Blake exhibit at the Getty Art Center. The illustrations were good, paintings were not so good, IMHO.He should have stuck to poetry. It didn't help that in a nearby room were displayed a Van Gogh, a Gauguin, a Monet and a Manet.

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Once again, Bored Panda reached out to LJ, the creator of "Art But Make It Sports", to ask more questions about the initiative. Their account gets tagged a lot in sports photos, and we were curious about how their community engagement shapes the content they share. "It’s essential, and it’s been really rewarding to see just how big the community has gotten," the creator shared. "I’d say 99% of comments that come through are positive, and people are constantly tagging the account in/DMing in sports images that they want to see done. I try to tailor the content to the audience, and there’s no better way to do so than to have the audience request in."

#2

"Golconda" By René Magritte, 1953

"Golconda" By René Magritte, 1953

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"The Death Of Achilles" By Peter Paul Rubens, 1630s

"The Death Of Achilles" By Peter Paul Rubens, 1630s

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Besides museums and galleries, LJ draws inspiration from other "muses" as well. "Last year, Ja Morant was a big one, though that hasn’t gone as planned this season. I enjoy the work of specific photographers. When it comes to artists, I’ve certainly seen/studied some more than others, but I’m always on the lookout for something new/pieces I’ve never seen before."

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#5

"A Pointer And A Duck" By Arthur James Stark, Mid-19th Century

"A Pointer And A Duck" By Arthur James Stark, Mid-19th Century

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LJ revealed that they have more than 10,000 images of artwork that they’ve taken themselves from museums. "I’ve done a pretty good job of memorizing specific works/the gist of a majority of them. For there, I’ll see a sports image, and then either draw from that memory or the memory of a specific artwork that I haven’t photographed but is famous (for example, the Sistine Chapel ceiling). Or, I’ll recognize a certain theme in art history that could work or a specific artist’s style, and then look through a catalog of corresponding work online. Across that, something usually comes together, and I have a pretty good sense as soon as I look at a sports image if I’ll be able to come up with something."

#6

"The Dance" By André Derain, 1906

"The Dance" By André Derain, 1906

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#7

"Saints Michael And Francis" By Juan De Flandes, 1505-09

"Saints Michael And Francis" By Juan De Flandes, 1505-09

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great, now I have "Stigmata" by Ministry going through my head. Should be a fun day...

We asked LJ if there are specific sports or art genres that they haven't explored yet but are interested in incorporating into 'Art But Make It Sports'. "Modern and Contemporary Art is always fun to pull off because it’s rarer and arguably harder to do," the creator answered. "I love all sports, so I'm just looking for the next interesting image regardless of where it came from! I’m starting to think about ways to better share my work - a coffee table book, perhaps, or a pop-up. We’ll see what 2024 brings!"

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#9

"Ossian And Malvina" By Johann Peter Krafft, 1810

"Ossian And Malvina" By Johann Peter Krafft, 1810

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"The Burial Of The Sardine" By Francisco Goya, 1812-19

"The Burial Of The Sardine" By Francisco Goya, 1812-19

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#11

"Barbara (Ant 113)" By Yves Klein, 1960

"Barbara (Ant 113)" By Yves Klein, 1960

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#12

"For Handel (Blue By Drew Boxold)" By Mark Di Suvero, 1975

"For Handel (Blue By Drew Boxold)" By Mark Di Suvero, 1975

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

Sorry, but I wonder how much that thing cost to install (it's ugly and has no purpose) It's almost a perfect match with Roberts catch though

#13

"Saint Cosmas And Saint Damian Salvaged" By Fra Angelico, 1438-40

"Saint Cosmas And Saint Damian Salvaged" By Fra Angelico, 1438-40

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

The guys in the photo do not appear to be playing the same sport, or is there one I've never seen on ESPN?

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#15

"Untitled (Taxidermy Horse In Wall)" By Maurizio Cattelan, 2007

"Untitled (Taxidermy Horse In Wall)" By Maurizio Cattelan, 2007

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's on the other side of the white wall? If the head's not there, then is this the rest of the horse from The Godfather?

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#16

"The Crucifixion Of Saint Peter With A Donor" By Northern French Painter, 1450s

"The Crucifixion Of Saint Peter With A Donor" By Northern French Painter, 1450s

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#18

"The Battle Of The Lapiths And Centaurs" By Sebastiano Ricci, 1705-10

"The Battle Of The Lapiths And Centaurs" By Sebastiano Ricci, 1705-10

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#19

"The Lamentation" By Luis De Morales, 1560

"The Lamentation" By Luis De Morales, 1560

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#21

"The Pentecost" By Bernard Van Orley, 1530

"The Pentecost" By Bernard Van Orley, 1530

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

This one is the best, from the blue shorts appearing to levitate without legs, and the spilling beer replacing the spitting bird

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#22

"La Défense (The Call To Arms)" By Auguste Rodin, 1912-18

"La Défense (The Call To Arms)" By Auguste Rodin, 1912-18

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#23

"Relief Of Clapping Women", Middle Kingdom, 2051-2000 B.c

"Relief Of Clapping Women", Middle Kingdom, 2051-2000 B.c

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

Why is clapping the nearly universal method of displaying delight? It seems innate; even very small children do this. 🤔 Off to Google and its many rabbit holes...

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#24

"Flying Home: Harlem Heroes And Heroines" By Faith Ringgold, 1996

"Flying Home: Harlem Heroes And Heroines" By Faith Ringgold, 1996

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#25

"Self-Portrait" By Joseph Ducreux, 1783

"Self-Portrait" By Joseph Ducreux, 1783

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"Stigmatization Of St Francis" By Giotto, 1297-1300

"Stigmatization Of St Francis" By Giotto, 1297-1300

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"The Dentist" By Jan Molenaer, 1629

"The Dentist" By Jan Molenaer, 1629

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#28

"The Triumph Of Bacchus" By Diego Velázquez, 1628-29

"The Triumph Of Bacchus" By Diego Velázquez, 1628-29

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

Sorry for the inevitable offence... But what's with the 'real doll' on the left? Someone Brough their emotional-support sex mannequin and looks darn pleased!

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#29

"Saint Lucy Before The Judge" By Lorenzo Lotto, 1532

"Saint Lucy Before The Judge" By Lorenzo Lotto, 1532

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#30

"The Sacrifice Of Isaac" By Rembrandt, 1635

"The Sacrifice Of Isaac" By Rembrandt, 1635

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

Russell Westbrook with ball, #9 is Dillon. Rooks, background is Alpren Senguin. But this should’ve been a picture of Jon Isaac

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