Art and history Pandas, you’re in for a treat today! Comedy lovers, get in here, too. We’re featuring some of the best new classical art and art history memes from the wildly popular r/trippinthroughtime subreddit.

Home to nearly 4.2 million art meme fans, the online community has shown that old artwork paired with modern captions can result in explosively hilarious combinations. Not to mention the spot-on social commentary you can do while proving that pretty much nothing has fundamentally changed over hundreds of years. We’re all plagued by the very same worries as our forefathers, and old paintings are full of incredibly expressive people who mirror our own feelings with eerie accuracy.

Upvote your fave art history memes and be sure to tell us which ones you loved the most and why, dear Pandas. You probably realized that we absolutely love art history memes. How much, you ask? Well, we’ve got three previous articles about r/trippinthroughtime waiting for you when you’re done enjoying this newest list: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Unlike most galleries, Bored Panda encourages running and loud laughter.

#1

The Eternal Struggle Rages On

The Eternal Struggle Rages On

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Daria Z
Community Member
4 months ago

The cat is spot on :D

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#2

History Be Interesting

History Be Interesting

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
4 months ago

Exactly what it feels like

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#3

Hit The Nail On The Head With This One

Hit The Nail On The Head With This One

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LagoonaBlueColleen
Community Member
4 months ago

I've never understood it either.

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The r/trippinthroughtime subreddit has been capturing the imaginations of redditors far and wide since the late summer of 2013. In the years since, it’s become a major congregation point for everyone who likes to have a good chuckle and has a certain soft spot for paint, old books, and a dash of sociology.

You can tell that the sub loves to have fun from its description of itself alone. “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. 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.” See? We told you.

#4

I Am Never Getting Another For You

I Am Never Getting Another For You

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
4 months ago

Truth

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#5

Every Got' Dang Time!

Every Got' Dang Time!

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

I silently scream “f**k the universe” when it happens

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#6

But The Video Games Make Kids Violent, Mean While In The Past

But The Video Games Make Kids Violent, Mean While In The Past

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Cuppa tea?
Community Member
4 months ago

At least it was public event, people could gather, meet and socialize.

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The moderators who keep the subreddit’s ship sailing smoothly recommend that the folks posting memes should also add the era, mention the historical event, and give a general indication of what the source of the painting is.

That way, anyone who’s been awed by the beauty of the art itself can Google their way into more knowledge. What’s more, anyone who’s interested in the historical background can do their own research far easier than if everyone keeps the sources secret.

#7

Not Again

Not Again

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

I duckling hatter it when it happens

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#8

Spit It Out God F... Damnit

Spit It Out God F... Damnit

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Ms.M.
Community Member
4 months ago

GET SOME DAMN PANTS ON, KENNETH

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#9

It’s Important To Set Up Healthy Boundaries!

It’s Important To Set Up Healthy Boundaries!

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Ms.M.
Community Member
4 months ago

It appears that the Ken doll's anatomy was modeled after Kenneth here. It all makes sense now...

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Shelby Bercume, a former Florida art gallery director and an expert in all things art, previously explained to Bored Panda that, in her opinion, accessibility and a more empathetic approach are vital when it comes to getting more people interested. Many people find art history “intimidating and difficult to grasp” because it’s not a subject that’s often taught in schools.

#10

Voltaire Has Something To Say About Russian Propaganda

Voltaire Has Something To Say About Russian Propaganda

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
4 months ago

Amen

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#11

A Tenacious Fight

A Tenacious Fight

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

“Looks at this dude”- dude on left probably

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#12

Cat Ears?

Cat Ears?

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James016
Community Member
4 months ago

Plot Twist: The cat conquered Mongolia

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"I don’t necessarily think art history is an inaccessible entity, but I know that people tend to feel intimidated by things they aren’t experts in. Since art is often, if not always subjective, it feels even more intimidating than a subject with a 'right answer,' like math for example. I think often that leads to a disconnect between the desire to dive into the subject of art and by relation art history, and the execution of it,” the art expert told Bored Panda during an interview.

#13

Answering The Big Questions

Answering The Big Questions

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Jerry Mathers
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, I picture this conversation happened at some point.

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#14

Too Damn Picky

Too Damn Picky

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Paul Marney
Community Member
4 months ago

Dog milk lasts longest

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#15

Happens Every Time

Happens Every Time

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

Or when I put on headphones. Right now my brother is trying to talk to me about something useless despite wearing them

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Art should be as democratic as possible, the expert shared. It shouldn’t be exclusionary. Everyone should have access to it, no matter their education. No matter their background.

“Art is something to be enjoyed and shouldn’t be reserved for an exclusive group," the former gallery director said.

#16

Feelin It

Feelin It

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Leila
Community Member
4 months ago

I can relate.

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#17

Who?!

Who?!

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Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

He wants to make sure your book doesn't violate community standards :D

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#18

Good Thing There’s No Fly In It

Good Thing There’s No Fly In It

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Moxxidude
Community Member
4 months ago

This was brilliant! Where’s the love?

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"Art is aesthetics and feelings. If you love something, voice why you love it... if you can’t find the words, that’s ok! Talking about art is really discussing how the art affects your emotional state and what thoughts it provokes," the expert told us.

#19

Damn Girl

Damn Girl

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LagoonaBlueColleen
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL. That's a good one.

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#20

Small Island Held By 13 Ukrainians Told A Russian Warship To Go F**k Itself After The Warship Told Them To Surrender

Small Island Held By 13 Ukrainians Told A Russian Warship To Go F**k Itself After The Warship Told Them To Surrender

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Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

And then he [unalived] many [non-friends].

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#21

Alternative Scenarios

Alternative Scenarios

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

I want to ask about the dog butts but feel like it might be better to not know

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"And remember, it is ok to not love everything, believe it or not, certain artworks are meant to be disturbing or disliked. Just don’t be intimidated to speak up because that’s really all we’re doing when we talk about art. We’re voicing opinions."

#22

How Long Is This Book Anyway?!

How Long Is This Book Anyway?!

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
4 months ago

ADHD be like...

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#23

Think Twice Before You Definitely Decide For Parenthood

Think Twice Before You Definitely Decide For Parenthood

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Lucky2BAlive
Community Member
4 months ago

New poster for Roe v Wade protest rally?

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#24

Damn Thats Crazy

Damn Thats Crazy

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I’m A Black Cat
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow really? That's interesting *mime shooting myself*

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Meanwhile, art historian and educational content creator Mary McGillivray explained to Bored Panda that it’s often people’s own perceptions about art and art history that stop them from learning more about both. In other words, if we think the areas are too high-brow for us, we won’t attempt to delve deeper. Even though the reality might be different.

#25

Headaches

Headaches

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

I wish I could do it

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#26

There Was Some Artistic License Used

There Was Some Artistic License Used

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Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

Top right is like the Master Yoda of dogkind.

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#27

Respect For The Hustle

Respect For The Hustle

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

“Buy your Jesus shirts here, we also have customizable pins featuring him on the cross. 25% off if you chant all the verses in the bible”

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“A lot of people think that art history is very serious and very important and this leads to them feeling overwhelmed—or even feeling like art history isn't for them. This isn't true! I've said it before and I'll say it again, art history is just old memes. Once we start to see the humor and the humanity in art, it becomes far less intimidating,” Mary said.

#28

Do You Think I’m Stupid?

Do You Think I’m Stupid?

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
4 months ago

I’m stealing that every time I asked myself

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#29

Barrels Of Fashion

Barrels Of Fashion

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James016
Community Member
4 months ago

Note to self: Wear a barrel at the next job interview

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#30

Nobody Likes You

Nobody Likes You

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Moxxidude
Community Member
4 months ago

Rejected Farewell to Arms book cover art

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#31

Yes

Yes

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

“OMG GUYS, I DROPPED GLASS AND IT BROKE!!! (Not clickbait) must see

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#32

I'll Only Let You In If You Have Sunflower Seeds In Your Pockets

I'll Only Let You In If You Have Sunflower Seeds In Your Pockets

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LagoonaBlueColleen
Community Member
4 months ago

Basically how it went :/

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#33

True Story

True Story

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
4 months ago

That's been my week right there

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#34

Now We Know Why It’s The Best Selling Book Of All Time

Now We Know Why It’s The Best Selling Book Of All Time

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Giles McArdell
Community Member
4 months ago

Dude on right : "Why're you waving your hand in the air like that? My hand's right here if you want to shake it."

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#35

That's A Big Difference

That's A Big Difference

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2x4b523p
Community Member
4 months ago

I want to be alone. Maybe then I would not feel so alone.

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#36

Relatable

Relatable

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Stardust she/her
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe Wasp 76b?

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#37

As Soon As You Start To Eat

As Soon As You Start To Eat

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Ms.M.
Community Member
4 months ago

Me: *incoherent garble and a thumbs up

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#38

Just Take A Chill Pill

Just Take A Chill Pill

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Maudelin
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep.

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#39

Me: I Hope This Email Didn't Find Me At All

Me: I Hope This Email Didn't Find Me At All

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MacKenzie Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

close enough

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#40

Sayeth Thou The Words, With Thine Own Lips

Sayeth Thou The Words, With Thine Own Lips

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Thost my lord Marcellius look like a cheap strumpet?

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