Why Does Young Thug Reference Historical Paintings in All of His Instagrams?

I believe in the universe and all of its cosmic fates. From the sun rising every morning (okay, that’s science) to the random synchronicities that cannot be explained, I prefer to lean into the magic and mystery of things that are uncanny and appear inexplicable.

Woman in front of a mirror by Alfred Stevens (1870)

Woman in front of a mirror by Alfred Stevens (1870)

Enter Young Thug’s Instagram. I don’t know why the majority of his Instagram posts reference historical paintings so I am chalking it up to another unknown of this wild world we live in. A student by the name of Hajar Benjida conceptualized the Instagram account @youngthugaspaintings as a last minute school project, thus taking Young Thug’s social media posts and drawing comparisons to the likes of Caravaggio. Forgive me if this sounds dramatic, but Young Thug’s aesthetic likeness to classic paintings is something of a god dream, an odd happening that sounds really strange on paper, but is at once hilarious and beautiful. Below is a roundup of our favorites from @youngthungaspaintings.

Judith with the head of Holofernes by Vincent Sellaer (c. 1550-1564)

Judith with the head of Holofernes by Vincent Sellaer (c. 1550-1564)

The Toilet of Venus by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (c.1760)

The Toilet of Venus by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (c.1760)

Madonna of Ears, Salzburg (c.1490)

Madonna of Ears, Salzburg (c.1490)

Her music lesson by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858 - 1933)

Her music lesson by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858 – 1933)

St. Sebastian tended by the Holy Irene by Nicolas Régnier (1650)

St. Sebastian tended by the Holy Irene by Nicolas Régnier (1650)

Man and boy in Algiers by Anders Zorn (1887)

Man and boy in Algiers by Anders Zorn (1887)

The Palace Guard, Granada by Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter (1885)

The Palace Guard, Granada by Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter (1885)

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