Emojis Inject Humor Into Traditional Artistic Masterpieces [Pics]

Classic paintings get infused with a modern form of communication.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on August 19, 2013. @greenidealism

Art history for some people can be challenging, especially if they find it hard to relate to the when the paintings were created. For all those struggling, a new Tumblr blog has been created that combines classic art, with modern emojis.

The project is called Emojinal Art and features images from the blog owner, as well as contributions from fans.

There’s no reason not to remember these fusions of old and new – paintings include classics such as Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son,” Dali’s “Persistence of Memory,” and Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.


While the resulting images may not be as serious as their original counterparts, they’re still an excellent example of the possibilities when it comes to combining two – seemingly incompatible – forms of imagery.

See some of the updated paintings for yourself – which may even be more surreal than the originals:

Emojinal Art


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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and