Iran v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

These World Cup Photos Look Like Renaissance Art

It's a phenomenon known as "Accidental Renaissance" — when a modern-day photograph inadvertently evokes the look and feel of Renaissance masterworks. The World Cup has produced images that fit the bill — featuring painterly characteristics such as vivid colors, intense emotion, dramatic gestures, and several subjects filling the scene. These pictures look like they belong in a museum.

England and Belgium battle below the ball during their match at Kaliningrad Stadium. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images England and Belgium battle below the ball during their match at Kaliningrad Stadium. Diego Maradona strikes a celestial pose. Julian Finney/Getty Images Diego Maradona strikes a celestial pose. Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rises above his Brazilian foes. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rises above his Brazilian foes.

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Neymar (r) embraces an emotional Thiago Silva after the latter's goal against Serbia. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images Neymar (r) embraces an emotional Thiago Silva after the latter's goal against Serbia. Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand punches the ball away from attacking Spaniards. LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand punches the ball away from attacking Spaniards. France and Australia tangle in the shadows of Kazan Arena. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images France and Australia tangle in the shadows of Kazan Arena. Egypt teammates laud goalkeeper Essam El Hadary (obscured) after he saves a Saudia Arabia penalty shot. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Egypt teammates laud goalkeeper Essam El Hadary (obscured) after he saves a Saudia Arabia penalty shot. Lee Yong (l) is comforted by South Korea teammates after falling to Mexico at Rostov Arena. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images Lee Yong (l) is comforted by South Korea teammates after falling to Mexico at Rostov Arena. A scrum forms around the Iran goal, preventing Spain from scoring. -/AFP/Getty Images A scrum forms around the Iran goal, preventing Spain from scoring. Salman Alfaraj and Saudia Arabia teammates rejoice in a goal against Egypt. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Salman Alfaraj and Saudia Arabia teammates rejoice in a goal against Egypt. Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (front) stretches for a header over Harry Maguire of England. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (front) stretches for a header over Harry Maguire of England. The Belgium defense surrounds goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he punches away an England attempt. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images The Belgium defense surrounds goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he punches away an England attempt. Mile Jedinak (r) basks in the World Cup glow in Australia's meeting with France. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images Mile Jedinak (r) basks in the World Cup glow in Australia's meeting with France. Croatian players put on a passionate display after a Nigerian own goal. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images Croatian players put on a passionate display after a Nigerian own goal. Shadowy defenders surround Mesut Oezil during Germany's stunning loss to South Korea. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Shadowy defenders surround Mesut Oezil during Germany's stunning loss to South Korea. Panama's Blas Perez is at the center of attention against Belgium. Julian Finney/Getty Images Panama's Blas Perez is at the center of attention against Belgium.



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