Young Thug as Paintings: Modern Rap Meets Classic Art Masters

The Striking Similarities Between Gangsta Rap Photos and Classical Paintings

Looking for a new cool and funny Instagram account to follow? Check out Young Thug as Paintings. The brainchild of Hajar Benjida, a 22-year-old Netherlands-based photographer and photography student, Young Thug compares the aesthetics and nuances of modern rap and hip-hop photography to classic paintings throughout art history. The similarities are amazing! The whole thing, Hajar says, “is literally my school project”. (Gangsta Appreciation 101?) Whatever class it is, she gets an A+ from us!

You’ll also want to check out Hajar’s Tumblr as well. Ya see, over the last two years, she’s been able to work her way backstage and snap candid polaroids of practically every rap, hip-hop, and grime artist that’s made their way through Amsterdam. Great stuff and another A+ for extra credit!

 

 Sisters by Elizabeth Forbes (c. 1895)
The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel (1863)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel (1863)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Virgin with Child and Angel by Bernardino di Bosio Zaganelli (1490)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Man and boy in Algiers by Anders Zorn (1887)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Lord Spencer Hamilton by Francis Wheatley (1778)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Royal Mistress By Francois Boucher (1703-1770)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus (1774)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Spring by Laurent Joseph Daniel Bouvier (1841-1901)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Méditation by Gustave Joseph Marie Brisgand (1926)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Locket by Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Dance by Maria Oakey Dewing (1921)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

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

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

A Water Baby by Herbert James Draper (1900)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Madonna of Ears, Salzburg (c.1490)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Virgin Mary by Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

A Girl with a Flower in Her Hair by Pietro Rotari (1760-1762)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

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

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Stańczyk by Jan Matejko (1862)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Madonna and child by Guido Reni (c.1628-30)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Portrait of the Empress Maria Feodorovna by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy (1882)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

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

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

David with the Head of Goliath by Guido Cagnacci (1645-1650)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

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The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

Susan seated outdoors wearing a purple hat by Mary Cassatt (c. 1881)


The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

 

The Night Escorted by the Geniuses of Love and Study by Pedro Américo (1886)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

Her music lesson by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858 – 1933)

The Striking Similarities between Modern Rap & Hip-Hop Photography Compared to Classic Art ~ Young Thug as Paintings

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