If you’ve ever looked at a photo of Timothée Chalamet and thought to yourself, “He looks like a work of art,” you’re not alone. A new Instagram account has gone viral by photoshopping the actor into famous works of art such as Michelangelo’s David, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.
“Turns out Timothée Chalamet has been an inspiration to artists as far back as da Vinci,” the bio of @chalametinart jokes, and browsing through the images, we almost believe it.
The account’s creator, Anna (who prefers some element of anonymity), first noticed the artistic comparison when she first watched Call Me by Your Name (which she’s now seen multiple times). “To me, each and every scene of the movie resembles a classical painting,” she says. “I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Elio Perlman [Chalamet’s character] and the boy from Caravaggio’s Boy With a Basket of Fruit.
“The movie’s sensual way of telling a love story tied extremely well with the theme of the painting: the nature of desire, lost youth — symbolized by the dried leaves in the painting — and selfhood. The curly hair and the theme of peaches present in both seem to only confirm my theory of the two being magically linked to each other.”
Clearly, Anna isn’t the only one who sees Chalamet fitting into classic paintings. In just under three weeks, @chalametinart has gained more than 35,000 followers, with its latest post getting nearly 6,000 comments. It also isn’t the first art-themed Chalamet fan account: Call Me by Monet started back in February and has just 25 photos, all scenes from the film imposed onto Monet paintings. Obviously, Chalamet’s art-worthy qualities are indisputable.
The @chalametinart (or “badly photoshopped Timmy,” as it’s labelled) account started with what Anna describes as “the ultimate classics” — Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp — but as it’s gone on, Anna has made the decision to start posting lesser-known works by artists such as Louis Marie de Schryver and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Describing Chalamet as a “true renaissance man,” Anna doesn’t think he fits best with any one period of art, although she says the Caravaggio is her favorite, followed closely by Velázquez’s Las Meninas.
While @chalametinart has quickly gained in popularity, it’s not clear whether the actor himself has seen the homages. However, his agent follows the account so maybe word will get out. Either way, we can imagine the 22-year-old actor would be happy with his new-found place in art history.
Are you obsessed with @chalametinart or do you not get the hype? Let us know in the comments.
Next, check out Chalamet in the trailer for Amazon Studios’ upcoming drama, ‘Beautiful Boy.’