A Destiny’s Child-Inspired Study Guide for Art History Majors

We here at BlackBook love fine art from many eras, and we also love Beyoncé. And as often happens with these things, some genius on the Internet has decided to marry the two at last. There are plenty of image macro mashup blogs dedicated to pop music’s reigning queen, among them the fantastic Downton Abbeyoncé, but Beyoncé Art History works particularly well, as there’s a wealth of material on both sides of the equation and can pull from enough different eras and works—both from Bey and the art world—to keep things fresh, or at least as fresh as a meme can possibly last.

And even in the blog’s short lifespan so far, there have been some pretty excellent juxtapositions. “Ring the Alarm” meets Salvador Dalí’s melting clocks; Fernando Botero’s nudes ask us if we are ready for this jelly. Artemisia Gentileschi’s depiction of Judith slaying Holofernes is set to “Independent Women, Part I” and, perhaps best of all, “I Need a Soldier” is mashed up with Jacques-Louis David’s “Oath of the Horatii.” There are some other gems too, but we don’t want to give away the whole damn blog.

So, Art History majors awaiting finals week and a lifetime of people flogging the dead-horse question of what you’re going to do with your life, take comfort in this handy study guide, and the knowledge that if you can mash up your art knowledge with an ability to make memes, you will probably get a book deal and be pretty much set for life. 

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