30 times people took a picture and realized it was an “accidental renaissance” (new photos)

I suspect there are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos in your phone’s gallery. If you take the time to look through them all, chances are you’ll find one that stands out. It’s hard to say what exactly makes it so special, but the composition, the light, the atmosphere are somehow unique…

This is the moment when we move from mundane everyday life into the realm of art. Welcome to accidental renaissance, Reddit’s favorite corner for sharing photos that look like scenes from classical art. Think asymmetrical compositions, landscapes, the Fibonacci sequence, sfumato and the golden ratio…

Created back in 2014, the subreddit is home to 869,000 “universal characters,” better known as community members who appreciate everything from the Renaissance to the Dutch Golden Age. Below is a new batch posted on the subreddit, so scroll down and enjoy!

No. 1 in Bruges. Fairytale city

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#2 Farmer’s dinner

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#3 Random Caravaggio: My Brother’s Hangover, 2013

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The Accidental Renaissance community on Reddit started 8 years ago. The subreddit was inspired by an original post published in August 2014 that showed a photograph of a fight in the Ukrainian parliament.

In a previous interview, KristenBellTattoos.com spoke to moderator Openmind_skeptic who happily shared some thoughts on this now iconic corner of Reddit. “Several people in the post showed interest in a subreddit with photos that accidentally resemble renaissance art (although the actual photo is technically more like baroque art in color and lighting, despite the golden ratio spiral superimposed on it), and this subreddit was created.”

#4 Baptism. Mtskheta, Georgia

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#5 French summer stairs

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#6 It’s all the ER guy’s fault

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Readers with an eye for detail will notice that the community not only shares photographs that resemble or have renaissance elements, but also includes various artistic movements and styles. “As the subwoofer grew in popularity, the definition of ‘Renaissance’ has expanded to include art styles from the 14th to 19th centuries,” Openmind_skeptic told us earlier. Today, the community is sharing photographs that bear resemblance to anything from the Baroque to the Dutch Golden Age.

#7 Horse Man

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8. Hildegard repairs windows

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#9 By the window in Versailles

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Meanwhile, the most popular stories shared on the subreddit seem to depict scenes with crowds of people. They may “do things like protest, march in support of a cause, or otherwise express themselves; very intense photographs of people, livestock, or interesting architecture depicting chiaroscuro and, in many cases, with sun or light rays highlighting part of the photo, ”Mode explained a while ago.

He added that photos of politicians and world leaders are also very popular among members of the community.

#10 A woman is sitting at the window of the train going to Lviv. AP

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#11 Dad casually posted this photo on family chat

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#12 A buddy was photographing in my store to expand his portfolio, his lights didn’t work and we got this dramatic shot. This is my favorite so far

Image credits: Tim Davis

#13 Golden Hour in France (on film)

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Image credits: Penguinozor

14. Angela Merkel with fishermen, 1990

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15. Poles clean carpets under the snow

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#16 On guard of Jesus in Lviv

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#17 A very random scene from Oc Fire

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#18 I get told all the time that it’s like a renaissance?

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#19 USA Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team

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Image credits: The_Fish_Alliance

#20 Girl smashes her elbow on the table

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Image credits: ChadKnightArtist

#21 Damascus 1950s

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#22 Old photo of me and brother found at my grandma’s house

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#23 Rescued mother

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Image credits: Ragnar

#24 Contemplating Korten

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25. Chess players in Mazandaran, Iran

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#26 Christmas

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27. Boys take a bath in a canal in Kashmir.

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#28 Waiting for a sign

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#29 Taken from Switzerland

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#30 Flower lady

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