ARTS & CULTURE

Someone Inserted Beyonce Into Famous Paintings, And It's Just As Glorious As It Sounds

Apr 22, 2014 | Updated Apr 22, 2014

There's something about Beyonce that invites mashups with masterpieces. First there was the viral gold that is Beyonce Art History, a Tumblr that captions great artworks with apt Bey lyrics (full disclosure: it was created by Leigh Silver, a former HuffPost Arts intern).

Now, we present The Carter Family Portrait Gallery, a study in well-tuned anachronism.

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It's a Tumblr stocked with images of the Carters -- Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy -- pasted into iconic paintings. Frankly, we're digging some of the updates more than the originals. The reworking of a portrait of Madonna with child, for instance, is a) pitch-perfect -- if obvious -- commentary on the ascendance of Beyonce and mania of the Beyhive. And b) doubly striking given the whole white-Christ mythos.

(Plus, if the Tumblr's tags are to be believed, Blue Ivy Jesus is reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is nice.)

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All that photoshopping is paying off. TCFPG is up for a few Webbies, and it's even getting criticism! A recent review on an art blog called out its "sketchy" art historical range -- which, truthfully, is pretty limited to the dorm-room-poster genre (Klimts galore). It's all good though. As any Carter can tell you, all press is good press.

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