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Amazing Photos That Accidentally Look Like Renaissance Art

Do you remember our post about the crazy New Year’s Eve photo from Manchester that looks like a Renaissance masterpiece?

Police detain a man while another lies collapsed in the road in Manchester, 1 January 2016. Photo: Joel Goodman

Or the one about a fight in the Ukrainian parliament that, again, looks like Renaissance art?

Apparently, this whole craze called Accidental Renaissance was started by Guardian journalist  a couple of years ago, when he simply pointed out how some of the best photos around resembled classic Italian paintings. The art of Accidental Renessaince is not and easy one though – it is definitely more complicated than applying an Instagram filter. It takes good lighting, a hint of Golden Ratio, a taste of Fibonacci’s spiral – or just a lucky moment. Below is a collection of those lucky moments (for the photographer at least) that have emerged since Beumon-Thomas’ original article.

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

A horse rears up in the crowd during the horse parade of the traditional San Juan (Saint John) festival in Ciutadella, on the Balearic Island of Menorca. Photo: Jaime Reina

Opposition lawmakers crowd around Masahisa Sato (2nd L), deputation chairman of the upper house special committee on security, at an upper house special committee session on security-related legislation at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, 17 September 2015. Photo: Toru Hani/Reuters/BuzzFeed

A horse rears as France’s new president Emmanuel Macron parades in a car on the Champs-Élysées after his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is congratulated by Didier Drogba, left, and Ricardo Carvalho, right, after scoring against Liverpool during their Champions League second-leg semifinal soccer match at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Wednesday, 30 April 2008.

West Bank, February 2015. Photo: Abbas Momani / AFP

Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

A dancer performs on a watery stage suspended above the audience during the Fuerza Bruta dress rehearsal at the Bread and Butter fashion trade show in Berlin 16 January 2012.

Photo: Ron Jenkins

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding for Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the Rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel, on 14 February 2012. Photo: Oded Balilty/AP

Children are baptised during a mass baptism ceremony of 700 children in the town of Mtskheta outside Tbilisi, 13 July 2010. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Bull fight in Madrid. Photo: Javier Barbancho / Reuters

Utah Jazz – Washington Wizards match. Photo: Chris Nicoll/Reuters

Family and neighbors mourn the death of Nasimi Elshani, who was killed during a protest against the Yugoslavian government’s decision to abolish the autonomy of Kosovo. Jan. 28, 1990. Photo: Georges Mérillon

Traders work on the trading floor of the open outcry pit during the last ever session at the London Metal Exchange, London, 27 January 2016. The historic trading ring, the only one of its kind in Europe (and possibly the world), was set to move to new premises on 1 February 2016 after 11 years at its current location in Leadenhall Street. Photo: Adam Gray/Swns.com

Mame Biram Diouf celebrates after scoring the third goal for Stoke in Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium, 9 May 2015. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Revellers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or “Chupinazo” of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on 6 July 2015 in Pamplona, Spain. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Pro-government deputies of Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc and the Our Ukraine party (top) scuffle with opposition deputies of the Regions party in parliament in Kiev, 5 February 2008. Photo: Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters

Korean Air Lines chairman Cho Yang-ho arrives to testify at the second court hearing of his daughter Cho Hyun-ah, also known as Heather Cho, at the Seoul Western District court in Seoul, 30 January 2015. Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters

Women beat men with torn clothes during “Huranga” at the Dauji temple near the northern Indian city of Mathura, 9 March 2012. Huranga is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colours, during which men drench women with liquid colours and women tear the men’s clothes off. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Greek Christian worshippers take part in the Easter Sunday mass procession inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s old city, 12 April 2015. Amir Cohen / Reuters

Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Svetlana Kuznetsova. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

An H-2A rocket delivers Japanese satellite Michibiki to Earth orbit. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters

Sources: The Guardian, Index, BuzzFeed, World Press Photo

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