If you’re an art lover and need a laugh, the answer is as easy as an Instagram handle. Enter @tabloidarthistory.
Akin to likeminded comical art-history accounts such as Classical Art Memes and Culture Trip’s very own Eyecatcher, Tabloid Art History, or TAH, takes the lols to another level with its absolutely hilarious comparisons of famous paintings and celebrities.
Remember when Britney Spears had the year from hell? TAH takes you back.
Do you have fond memories of Kanye’s insane altercation with Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA’s? That too gets a whole new spin via Peter Paul Rubens, which will keep you smiling from here to next week.
The brains behind the operation are Elise Bell, Chloe Esslemont and Mayanne Soret, who curate both the Instagram account and its accompanying Twitter page. Their mantra is to keep art history alive and well in contemporary society by ‘comparing the best of pop culture to a broad range of art historical references,’ thereby fusing the art of yesteryear with something modern that everyone, even non-arty people, can relate to.
In our opinion, there is real weight to what the women of TAH are trying to accomplish. Although the first thing their witty and seemingly irreverent posts probably do is make people laugh, beneath the surface there is huge opportunity to introduce their 17,500+ followers to an entire canon of art they may not have previously been aware of.
From Modigliani to Marie Laurencin, every artist is named in the caption along with their celeb twin. This format is as educational as it is entertaining, and it teaches viewers in the best way possible – because they don’t even realise they’re learning.