Imagine that you are out walking on the side of the streets. You then took random pictures and kept your phone back in your pocket. A few days later while you were going through the pictures saved in your camera roll, you came across a photograph and it looks super stunning. It has the perfect blend of the right light, angle, composition, and brightness. In short, you have clicked an “accidental renaissance” picture. Congrats. 

While this was just an imagination but if you ever managed to click such a stunning photo, you can send it to r/AccidentalRenaissance. It’s a popular community and it is devoted to the “accidentally resembles the types of art popular from the 14th-19th centuries.” 

Scroll down to see some of the stunning accidental renaissance photos clicked by chance. 




#1 Hope

#2 The Modern Mona Lisa

#3 Our Cat Trying To Steal Cheese

To know more about this subreddit community, we reached out to its moderator u/openminded_skeptic. He told us that “several people in the post expressed interest in a subreddit featuring photos that accidentally resembled Renaissance art (although the actual photo technically is more along the lines of Baroque art in coloring and lighting, the Golden Ratio spiral superimposed on it notwithstanding), and this subreddit was created.”

“First, the definition of ‘Renaissance’ has expanded to cover art styles from the 14th-19th centuries as the sub has risen in popularity,” u/openminded_skeptic explained.

#4 Oranges Photographed Through The Glass Panes Of A Greenhouse

#5 Blinky In The Sun. Our Pupper Passed Away This Morning. I Always Thought This iPhone Photo Of Him Looked Like A Painting

#6 Accidentally Took A Picture Of My Cat That Looks Like An Old Master’s Painting

#7 Feline Friendship

#8 The Selfie

#9 A Caring Matriarch

“Generally, there’s an emphasis on symmetry, balance, saturated colors (although early and high Renaissance used lighter, brighter colors while late Renaissance generally used darker richer colors, but they were always saturated, not diluted), a focus on linear perspective and leading lines to help create a more 3-D image, balanced composition, and lots of references to classical Greek and Roman art and architecture.”

“Some of us have a few art history courses under our belts, as well as an interest and appreciation for fine art and history.”

#10 We’ll Be Home Soon

#11 The Coffee Shop Window

#12 A Monk In Italy. (Photographer: Steve Mccurry)

“Those very passionate about the subject of the subreddit and wanting to help keep it relevant (I consider this to be me!), those who just love Reddit in general and want to help keep it going, or those who for one reason or another value a sense of prestige or having authority over others.”

#13 The Creation Of Internets

#14 A Little Girl Carrying A Lamb To Shelter From Falling Ash During Iceland’s 2010 Volcanic Eruption

#15 Renaissance Chickens

#16 Firefighters Taking A Break Out West

#17 13th Attempt To Break The Gaza Blockade By Sea

#18 These Musicians In A Restaurant In Greece

#19 Mr. Fluffies Betrayal

#20 Reflect

#21 The Horsemen

#22 This Lady Peeling Pomegranates

#23 Two Mice Fighting.

#24 Concert Selfie

#25 A Monk Prays For An Elderly Man Who Had Died Suddenly While Waiting For A Train In China.

#26 Supper At Home

#27 Snapped This Moment During My 12 Day – 110 Mile (800 Head Of Cattle) Drive From Utah To Arizona

#28 Power From On High: Two Weed Farming Nuns

#29 Vasiliy Is Still Breathing

#30 Russian Soldier Playing An Abandoned Piano In Chechnya

#31 Brokering Of The Candy

#32 Adoration Of The Rose

#33 A Young Man, Illuminated By Mobile Phones, Recites A Poem While Protestors Chant Slogans Calling For Civilian Rule, During A Blackout In Khartoum, Sudan

#34 The First Batch (The Bakehouse In Vancouver)

#35 Stumbled Upon A Fair In Brussels Recently. Truly Accidental Renaissance For Me!