I just opened an Instagram account and posted my first picture (find me on Instagram @oilandmarble)
It got me thinking: if there had been Instagram during the Renaissance (I went with circa 1512), how might it have looked?
raphael1483 Check out @michelangelo sulking on the stairs. Does this guy ever smile? Come, on man. Lighten up. #lifeisgood
leodavinci another update…
raphael1483 I’m stealing that!
michelangelo I thought that was finished 8 yrs ago. Stop fussing with it, will you? Do you ever complete anything?
leodavinci art is never finished, only abandoned
Durer.Deutch See that pear Baby Jesus is eating? I love a good pear #MadonnaandthePear
raphael1483 And I LOVE those curls. I’m stealing them! 😉
titianofvenice thinking of my mom, Lucia, today…. #thanksmom
Raphael1483 @titianofvenice: thanks to moms, yes – but also thanks to ALL women #sigh #iminlove
titianofvenice u r always in love. New lady?
titianofvenice heard you are getting engaged. That her?
raphael1483 no comment 😉
raphael1483 Who could ever call this guy “Warrior Pope”? Check out those kind eyes, that chill demeanor, and beard. He’s a great guy and amazing boss. #PeacePontiff #FatherFigure #blesseded
michelangelo if he’s so great, tell him to stop harassing me about the ceiling. It’ll be done when it’s done
raphael1483 did you see my one of you in the papal sala? I’ll repost!
raphael1483 @leonardo as plato #papalapartments
michelangelo Stop bragging and get back to work
michelangelo Creation of Adam #sistineceiling
Durer.Deutch When there are so many of us, can God hear my prayers or am I lost amongst the masses?
leodavinci if there is a god, i bet he’s a bird #thinkaboutit
hansbaldung Death is always right beside you
titianofvenice r u ok?
leodavinci if you aren’t thinking about death @titianofvenice, you’re a fool
raphael1483 I like the sheer drapery. I’m stealing that!
michelangelo #prophetjonah #sistineceiling hands off @raphael1483
raphael1483 you’re the one putting it out there
titianofvenice yeah, I’m stealing that too, bro
Durer.Deutch count me in
raphael1483 Me and @michelangelo hanging @Vatican—just kids in awe of the power of the Pope! #PopeJuliusII #papalpower #SistineMadonna (Can you guess which one is me???)
michelangelo We’ve never hung out. #getoveryourself
Not much has changed. Even in our age of digital media and video, we humans are still drawn to telling our stories with a single, two-dimensional image. Now, just like then, we express our personalities, likes, dislikes, fears, hopes and drama about our families, friends and bosses through images. And then, just like now, they also posted about what they ate–that’s not new either!
I see art history like an Instagram feed of the past. What do you see?
(This is the first in a series, “Art Matters,” which will connect art history to our contemporary culture and hopefully show how we can all benefit from engaging with the past)
(Paint photo for “Renagram” from BigStock.com; All other photos linked back to museum where they reside!)