Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

What Famous Artworks Have To Look At All Day


It's a tough life being a world-famous piece of art. You don't get to move, you have no privacy, and every day thousands of strangers gather round to stare at you and criticise.

A piece of art gets looked at constantly, yet we never consider what it would be like were the roles reversed; that is, until this extremely clever Tumblr was founded.

It's called What They See, and has only been running for a few days, yet has already posted an excellent selection of 'painting-eye-view' photographs, all taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Take a look at a selection below - some have been luckier than others with their vantage points.

[via Gizmodo]

Artwork Views

Herakles the Archer by Émile-Antoine Bourdelle

Artwork Views

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas

Artwork Views

The Vine by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

Artwork Views

Night by Aristide Maillol

Artwork Views

Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani

Artwork Views

Marsyas by Balthasar Permoser

Artwork Views

Portrait of a Man Holding Gloves by Rembrandt van Rijn

Artwork Views

Marble bust of a youth by Unknown

Artwork Views

Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer



Retro Jazz-style Versions of Classic Metal Album Covers


Alternative Cult Movie Artwork


Schematics of the World's Greatest Structures


Classic art recreated with meat


Superb Artistic Tribute To Wes Anderson


Amazing sushi art



Artist makes a 27ft Knife Angel out of 100,000 confiscated weapons

Could this end up in Trafalgar Square?

20 Jan 2017

Finally, a Top Trumps game that shows all of Donald Trump's personas

For 1-4 Caucasian players

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Jan 2017

Brilliant political cartoons that sum up Donald Trump's idiocy

Because sometimes you have to laugh. Right? RIGHT?

20 Jan 2017

Read Obama’s farewell letter to the American people

"You made me a better man"

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Jan 2017

Yohji Yamamoto's new collection actually makes us want to wear a suit

We'll have one of everything, please

by Sam Diss
20 Jan 2017

This kid set a fire at anti-Trump rally; totally owned it on live TV

We want to be this kid when we grow up

by Sam Diss
20 Jan 2017

The West Wing Staff's goodbye video to Obama is truly heartbreaking

Tissues at the ready guys

by Dave Fawbert
20 Jan 2017

All the insane perks Donald Trump will get as President

Presidential seal M&Ms anyone?

by Paddy Maddison
19 Jan 2017

US comic Rob Delaney writes powerful open letter praising the NHS

From an American in Britain

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Donald Trump hits out at Tom Ford after he refuses to dress Melania

"She never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford, doesn't like his designs"

by Jamie Carson
19 Jan 2017