It's known as "Accidental Renaissance" — the phenomenon of modern photographs composed in such a way that they inadvertently evoke the look and feel of Renaissance masterworks. The premise is celebrated on social media and even has its own Reddit thread. Sports pictures, especially, seem made for the meme, as they often feature painterly characteristics like powerful symmetry, vivid colors, multiple subjects or personae filling the scene, intense emotion, and dramatic gestures. If attuned to Accidental Renaissance, you know it when you see it — and here are some of our favorites.Maja Hitij/Getty Images Campeones Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images King of Kings Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images Still Standing David Ramos/Getty Images Are You Not Entertained? Ronald Martinez/Getty Images In Pursuit Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images via Getty Images Touching Greatness Joe Robbins/Getty Images In the Grasp Grant Halverson/Getty Images Alone in a Crowd Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images Reaching Alex Livesey/Getty Images Bending the Knee Michael Dodge/Getty Images The Rising Matt King/Getty Images Within Reach JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images Pack a Punch Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images Golden Triangle Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Without a Prayer Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Faces of Pain
For more FOTO stories directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.