Photos can be deceiving. Sometimes, an image will look like it’s been taken in a completely different era—despite being shot with an iPhone. And like most things in life, there’s a subreddit for this aesthetic. Today’s photos on yesterday’s canvas, aka r/AccidentalRenaissance, showcases images that “inadvertently resemble well-composed Renaissance style art.”
According to the community guidelines, any photo recalling art movements between the 14th and 19th centuries is welcome. This includes Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Dutch Golden Age, and beyond. Take a quick scroll in the subreddit and you'll see that Redditors understand the assignment; they share photos that could easily be mistaken for a painting in art history.
Some of the most convincing entries are pictures in which people unknowingly pose like dramatic subjects from centuries-old paintings. One of the most popular examples is a woman sitting by the window on a Lviv-bound train. Buoyed by a bulky garment (likely a coat), she has her head in her hand as she gazes downward. The positioning of her body reads as a Fibonacci sequence; this makes it not only aesthetically pleasing, but it recalls some of the greatest Renaissance art like the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo.
Scroll down for more of Today’s photos on yesterday’s canvas, and then visit the subreddit to share your own.