by Milo Sumner in New Illustration on Tuesday 29 July 2014

There’s nothing quite like adding satyrical commentary to old paintings. Seriously you have to try it. Mallory Ortberg, a writer for The Toast brings us a hilarious series of captions for paintings entitled Women Listening To Men.

In case it wasn’t clear, the title is rather ironic, as Ortberg’s humour unfailingly makes us chuckle. Her captions invariably portray the women in paintings as long-suffering or passive aggressive, putting up with the inadequacies of men with a ‘grin and bear it’ attitude. From languid nudes to high ladies, Ortberg has apparently delved through an extensive art history catalogue to bring us these comedy gems.