Art history experts everywhere are baffled by the newest discovery of a muse. Was it a mysterious woman? A secret lover? Or a truly tortured soul captured on canvas? No. It was a smol dog with anger issues. Forget Mona Lisa’s smile, ¡Ay Chihuahua! The eyes truly say it all.
TikToker @princessmiathechi posted a video replacing the eyes of famous classic painted portraits, like The Girl with the Pearl Earring from 1665 and the Portrait of a Lady from 1460, with the freakishly buggish (yet also insanely adorable) eyes of chihuahuas. The process is from a trending filter available on Instagram that people have been using for their own eyes—this content creator, however, had much bigger plans for the filter. The viral video has over 500k views, over 100k likes, and over 1,000 comments. With good reason, too—these paintings that have been hung in museums and taught in art history classes for centuries have been given an upgrade. Some would even say that this is their “glow up.” One art history graduate even said, “by far, the best I’ve seen of this wack trend.”
The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665)
Can you imagine if the movie based off of Girl with the Pearl Earring was played by a chihuahua instead of Scarlett Johansson? It’s not just oil on canvas of women, it’s also men who are now sporting the Chihuahua eyes in classic art pieces.
Portrait of a Man (The Condottiero) (1475)
Truly, the eyes are what make these paintings. It’s where you can capture the cruelty of the world that this person, this muse, has had to endure. Who has more distrust of the world than tiny, watery-eyed, chihuahuas? Honestly, it’s surprising these artists didn’t think of this first.
Portrait of a Young Girl (1470)
The classical music playing in the background as the video goes through portrait and portrait of beautiful paintings now with Chihuahua eyes really adds a touch of class to the entire experience. Perhaps this is the new art technique that should be taught in classes or given its own show at the Louvre.