david after dentistInternet memes are often viewed as lowbrow forms of communication. While I'd be the first to admit that LOLcats don't exactly speak perfect English (I can has gramer lessuns?), I think memes are a perfectly valid contribution to the cultural zeitgeist. In fact, the delightful combination of highbrow art and pop that we see in popular image macros like Joseph Ducreux/Archaic Rap is part of what makes memes so funny.

I could keep overexplaining the joke, or I could just bust out Photoshop and show you what I'm talking about. In this series of images, I took some popular "lowbrow" internet memes and mashed them up with venerable, well-respected works of art. ("You got your memes in my art!" "You got your art in my memes!")

What happens when the likes of Keyboard Cat, Trololo Man and Advice Dog meet masters like Leonardo, Botticelli and Rodin?

... a trainwreck, basically. You don't want to stare, but you can't look away, so hit the jump and watch as famous masterpieces crash into famous memes.

Foul Bachelor Scream

Edvard Munch's iconic The Scream as the beloved (and disgusting) Foul Bachelor Frog.

Michelangelo's David ... After Dentist



Disaster Thinker

Rodin's The Thinker as Disaster Girl, the smirking girl who has been Photoshopped into dozens of catastrophes.


Advice Dog, Depression Dog and Stains (aka Zombie Dog) ... Playing Poker



Three Cerberus Moon

William Blake's drawing of the three-headed dog that guards hell is mashed up with the famous Three Wolf Moon shirt, as seen on every nerd ever and President Obama.


Picassololo!

The Trololo Man, AKA The Russian Rickroll, meets Picasso's self-portrait.


Keyboard Can

Keyboard Cat has been played off and replaced with one of Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup cans.


The Chubby Bubbles Girl -- normally pictured running away from dangers like zombie attacks -- is played here by the Venus de Milo