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Today's photos on yesterday's canvas

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Today's Photos on Yesterday's Canvas

Welcome to /r/AccidentalRenaissance, the subreddit that showcases photographs that inadvertently resemble well-composed Renaissance style art.


What does Accidental Renaissance mean?

What we mean by Accidental Renaissance is a photo that inadvertently (that is, NOT on purpose) resembles a painting similar in composition, style, lighting, and/or subject to Renaissance-style art.

We recognize there are many related art movements between the 14th and 19th centuries including: Baroque, Neo-classicism, and Romantic. All of these styles are appreciated and welcomed within this subreddit but please submit with flair indicating the style your submission/photo favors.


What an AccidentalRenaissance photo IS:

  • A photo that accidentally resembles the types of art popular from the 14th-19th centuries.
  • Composition: Triangular/Pyramidial figures, Dynamic, assymetrical composition, foreshortening, and of course the use of the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Ratio
  • Lighting: Featuring use of sfumato (blurring/softening of outlines) and/or chiaroscuro (strong contrasts between light and dark
  • Subject: Landscapes, people, scenes, that feature one or both of the above.

What an AccidentalRenaissance photo is NOT:

  • A really cool photo of your favorite pet/child/sports team.
  • A photo of your drunk buddy.
  • A random photo of a drunken fight.
  • A pic of your buddy getting high.
  • That popular photo making the rounds on Reddit.
  • A super hilarious pic of a bunch of drunken people doing drunken people things (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
  • A moody pic of the crowd at your favorite concert
  • A video or gif.


We ask that you please read the following simple suggested rules prior to your submission:

  1. Each Renaissance-esque submission must be a direct image link and only be sourced from the mod-approved site list.

  2. If the subject in reference to the post is deliberately posed, it is not considered accidental and shall be removed therefore by the moderator.

  3. Creative and original titles resembling that of a labeled caption found in an art exhibition or museum are encouraged. For inspiration and assistance in your inventive title abilities, visit The Louvre.

  4. Each submission must contain a brief submission statement indicating how the photo resembles Renaissance style art, or which particular work of art the photo resembles. Whether it’s composition, lighting, subject, coloring, or something else.

  5. We will be removing photos of the following subjects. There are exceptions to every rule and removals are at mods’ discretion:

    Subject to Removal:
    • Photos of your pet
    • Photos containing any text overlay
    • Photos of your baby or child
    • Photos of sporting events, sports, or bar fights.
    • Photos deemed NSFL.
    • Photos promoting violence or intended to incite flame wars or political disputes.
    • Frames or Stills of movies or games
    • Reposts of content from the past 6 months in this subreddit and/or the top 50 posts of all time. (See KarmaDecay )
  6. Posts which retain less than 50 votes after 12 hours may be removed to remove clutter from front page.

  7. Please use the report button for anything that you feel breaks the rules, and please message the mods with any concerns, constructive advice, or even positive feedback (?!) you may have. We want to make this community fun while also faithful to the subject matter. Thanks to all the users who have been faithful to this community, and stay classy!


We implore you to familiarize yourself with the official rules and reddiquette. Mods reserve the right to remove content or restrict user’s posting privileges as needed. If you believe a user has breached any of these agreements, please report or mention a moderator username in the comments.


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