When you look at the works of the great masters like Rembrandt, Botticelli, Rubens, Holbein and a bunch of others, it seems like the reality portrayed there couldn’t be further from today.

Things like rabbit hunting, an afternoon tea in a busy salon, rocking full armor in historical combat, and pottery wheel throwing are now replaced by UberEats, Meta-connecting with friends (Facebook, what are you up to now?), treating yourself with a fancy avocado toast on a so-called healthy evening, and even fancier margaritas on the indulgent nights.

But creative people on the Reddit community ‘Tripping Through Time’ have found a way to make these classical paintings not just relevant, but basically translate them into the language of our times. How? By making memes!

So scroll down through the hilarious list of memes that transgress time and give us some universal and lasting things to cringe at! Psst! After you’re done, check out more art history memes here and here, and don’t be greedy, share the link with that friend who drinks their tea from a cup with Mona Lisa.

#1

The Nemean Housecat

The Nemean Housecat

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Otter
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2 months ago

Please, Mods, can't you let us give extra upvotes once or twice a day???

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#2

Stomach Rolls Are Awesome

Stomach Rolls Are Awesome

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Josy Bannon
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel better now

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#3

Confession

Confession

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mummy pig
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be in top🤣🤣🤣

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#4

Scientific Theory

Scientific Theory

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't forget the apples!

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#5

So So Hard

So So Hard

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Vicious Insect
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. Always

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#6

Damn, I Hate It When This Happens

Damn, I Hate It When This Happens

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

At least this artist can paint cats.

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#7

Medieval Artists Never Saw A Cat

Medieval Artists Never Saw A Cat

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

I'm the lower right kitty

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#8

Zzzzzzzzz

Zzzzzzzzz

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

Furthermore, I'm not "a pouty bitch who doesn't own a comb", I'm "a pre-Raphaelite diva"

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#9

Picky Little S**ts, Ain’t They?

Picky Little S**ts, Ain’t They?

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Antonia
Community Member
2 months ago

dude... haha

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#10

Ah, Now I Get It

Ah, Now I Get It

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LILYANDPEARL
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, that is a good theory. 😂

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#11

It Do Be Like That

It Do Be Like That

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Stephanie P
Community Member
2 months ago

Censoring art... really?

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#12

Please Leave

Please Leave

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Daria Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Anonymous trolling before the internet :D

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#13

Please Like And Subscribe

Please Like And Subscribe

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

Pandora, NO!

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#14

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

This Looks like a pain in the a**.

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#15

The Other Side Is For The Cameraman

The Other Side Is For The Cameraman

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Bee / she/her
Community Member
2 months ago

This was actually common during their time. This is why you don't put your elbows on the table--it can fall over.

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#16

I Feel This

I Feel This

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

The guy on the right nailed it

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#17

Gotta Get Creative With All That S**t

Gotta Get Creative With All That S**t

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

2020 was a weird time. Don't judge.

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#18

Thanks I'm Cured

Thanks I'm Cured

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Eppe
Community Member
2 months ago

And wondering why you didn't think of that yourself

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#19

Oh No!

Oh No!

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ASHRFOX
Community Member
2 months ago

How Rude.

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#20

The Baggy Look

The Baggy Look

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

He is obviously suicidal..

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#21

Take That, Peons

Take That, Peons

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Gary
Community Member
2 months ago

Is that Zuckerberg?

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#22

100% Off

100% Off

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Auntriarch
Community Member
2 months ago

No wonder the Carlyles were so bad tempered

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#23

Grammar

Grammar

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Vicious Insect
Community Member
2 months ago

They're watering their plants over there. Not so hard -Not native English speaker

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#24

What A Charmer

What A Charmer

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Auntriarch
Community Member
2 months ago

Coffee now everywhere....

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#25

Figaro - Magnifico

Figaro - Magnifico

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

Bohemian Astronomy.

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#26

The Moment Of Regret

The Moment Of Regret

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

When you realise that the hat that looked so flattering in the shop just doesn't look the same when you get it home

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#27

He Had A Type

He Had A Type

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

Brilliant, although Mary Tudor, Edward VI and Elizabeth I might beg to differ

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#28

The Truth Comes Out

The Truth Comes Out

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Mich
Community Member
2 months ago

Michael Jackson vibes

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#29

Sorry About The Assumption

Sorry About The Assumption

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Begone Fool
Community Member
2 months ago

Ba dump bum!

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#30

Back In My Day

Back In My Day

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

“ We used to have a name Karen…….”

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#31

Any They Never Saw Her Again

Any They Never Saw Her Again

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially after the first Absinthe...

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#32

Every Single Time

Every Single Time

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Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

True. If you've read the book the film is disappointing.

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#33

The Greatest Time...of All Time

The Greatest Time...of All Time

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Danielle Wigger
Community Member
2 months ago

*visible concern*

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#34

Dad Jokes

Dad Jokes

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Couch potato
Community Member
2 months ago

SHIII....T

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#35

I Have The High Ground!

I Have The High Ground!

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Danielle Wigger
Community Member
2 months ago

leverage

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#36

Word Problems

Word Problems

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LILYANDPEARL
Community Member
2 months ago

You don’t want to know, Desmond. You don’t want to know.

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#37

Pondering Infinite Possibilities

Pondering Infinite Possibilities

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Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Me when i'm lying in bed

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#38

How About No

How About No

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

Touché!

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#39

The Everyday Struggle

The Everyday Struggle

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LILYANDPEARL
Community Member
2 months ago

This picture is hilarious tho

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#40

We Don't Do Science Here

We Don't Do Science Here

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rspanther
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a local school board meeting.

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#41

Listening To The Floor Creak Ominously

Listening To The Floor Creak Ominously

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

"He tripped and fell onto my fist, he'll be fine"

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#42

Lucky Day

Lucky Day

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

And only two of them are homicidal maniacs

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#43

Infinity Crisis

Infinity Crisis

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

When you're in deep mourning but still need to relax with a racy novel

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#44

I Agree 100%

I Agree 100%

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Stephen Fry is older than I thought.

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#45

I'd Just Pretend To Be Busy All The Time

I'd Just Pretend To Be Busy All The Time

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

No, sorry I can't, I have to be at a funeral.

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#46

Relatable

Relatable

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Your item costs $1,50. Shipping costs are $50. Order for $2498.50 more to get free shipping. Order now!!!

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#47

Got You Right Where I Want You

Got You Right Where I Want You

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Alex the awful German
Community Member
2 months ago

welcome to my life

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#48

There's Always Next Year

There's Always Next Year

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XSpooky_Mint
Community Member
2 months ago

Who the f**k has their s**t together?

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#49

Life-Bro Tips

Life-Bro Tips

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rspanther
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn straight, unless you work for amazon, in which case you are SOL.

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#50

Richard In Accounting Approves Of This Meme

Richard In Accounting Approves Of This Meme

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Mich
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes! I run my life on Excel

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