TMNT Michaelangelo looking at a work by Michelangelo


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle visits the Met, creates a meme masterpiece

Michelangelo visits the Michelangelo exhibit, and the internet is here for it.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Jan 25, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 3:23 am CDT

New Yorkers love strolling through museums. It’s an activity that is enjoyed not solely by its human residents; anthropomorphic turtles also know how to appreciate fine art.

Michelangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, took a break from fighting crime on Thursday to visit an exhibit on the Italian artist who shares his name.

Michelangelo Buonarroti created a few pieces you may have heard of, like the marble sculpture of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Michelangelo (the TMNT) seemed to be a fan. The museum posted photos of him excitedly perusing at the exhibit and throwing his arms up at the sight of his own name. In the last photo, it even looks like Michelangelo is really taking a moment to appreciate the art.

The photo was an instant meme.

(This one is a Westworld reference.)

The internet was clearly moved by the event.

More TMNT in art museums in 2018.

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2018, 1:31 pm CST