03/11/2016 2:53 PM IST | Updated 03/11/2016 4:50 PM IST

These Hilarious Christian Art Memes Are A Must-See For Those Who Are Quick To Cry Blasphemy


Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
Jean Marc Ferrari, Museum of Fine arts director poses for the camera in front of

An NGO seeking to protect the interests of Christians has raised a storm over the decor of a restaurant in a Mumbai suburb. Goregaon Social, at the Oberoi Mall, had a rather Biblically-inclined theme for its interiors, featuring church pews for seats and tabernacle as backdrop to the bar. Christ and his apostles appeared on stained glass, carrying handbags and gadgets. If you could enter an Internet meme in three dimensions, this would be it.

But this eccentric set-up managed to hurt religious sentiments. Petitions were filed, scathing criticism was made by the Archdiocese of Bombay, a protest was threatened until, finally, the restaurant, which belongs to a popular chain across India, had to grovel with an apology, promising to remove everything that caused offence to good Christians.

The day seems to have been saved for business, but not for freedom of expression and, most importantly, for humour.

After what the Hindu Right did to the late artist, MF Husain, for painting Goddess Saraswati in the nude, one doesn't have the heart to dismiss religious fanatics and their keenly sensitive reaction to art. However, the irony of being outraged by the appropriation of Christianity by artists must strike anyone remotely aware of the history of art as patently absurd, if not laughable.

From the explicit paintings of the 15th-century artist, Hieronymus Bosch, to the contemporary Andres Serrano's hugely controversial 1989 installation Piss Christ, examples scandalous revisiting of Christian iconography abound through the centuries. Memes about Jesus and his disciples are ubiquitous, so are pastiches involving scenes from the Bible.

One of the most popular among such satirical portals is Classical Art Memes, existing on various social media platforms, which morphs iconic paintings and sculptures by adding hilarious captions to them. It doesn't spare anyone, however pious. To be honest, you don't have to look beyond traditional Christian paintings and sculptures to discover some whacky detail tucked away in a corner. And that's why these artworks are so susceptible to being re-immortalised in memes.

Here's our pick of some LOL ones out there online.

donald trump, fresh from a spray tan session, finally admits what everyone already knew about him

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

When God tells you not to eat that apple, but you're a strong, independent woman who doesn't take advice from men...

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

When the dark side of life hits you in the core, but you are totally fine with that because you already settled for despair.

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

When you are high AF, you can't really decide in which dimension you live.

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

When you are hangover as fuck and start to wonder why the hell did you changed all that water into wine

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

When someone is kissing your boyfriend in front of you and you can't react because he's not really your boyfriend

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

"Oh please Judas, I'm not gonna ask God why he killed our man Harambe. Just put your dick out."

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on

Haha 😂😂😂

A photo posted by Classical Art Memes (@classical_art_memes) on