No classic painting is safe from ‘museum selfies’

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That lazy eye is always such a bother. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
That lazy eye is always such a bother. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies

We’ve all taken our fair share of selfies, those ego-stroking quick snapshots of ourselves and others engaged in the most fun moments of our lives, right?

What would it be like, though, if various figures from historical times, like, say, the Renaissance, had camera phones? Would they take photos of themselves?

Olivia Muus at the Museum of Selfies Tumblr blog thinks they might, and set out to prove it with her series of portraits as above.

“This is a project that started when my friend (aka. my right hand) and I went to the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen,” she writes on the blog page. “I took a picture for fun and liked how this simple thing could change their character and give their facial expression a whole new meaning.”

Apparently it caught on, because in addition to her original four photos, more and more folks are contributing their own “museum selfies” to the blog. Check out more of these fascinating portraits below.

Food selfies were always a thing. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
Fashion selfies were always a thing. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
She looks rather surprised, don't you think? Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
She looks rather surprised, don’t you think? Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
What a dashing chap. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies
What a dashing chap. Photo: Olivia Muus/Museum of Selfies

They’re funny because they look realistic, right? The iPhone-holding hand is positioned just-so, and the expressions on each of the subjects faces is precious. Muus has even accessorized and held the iPhone in character, which makes all the difference. See the rings on the surprised contessa, above?

However Muus came up with this idea (we’ve emailed her to find out), we’re glad she did. Now we want to find a museum and take a few of our own.

Source: Museum of Selfies