Highlighting an invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th century. A project by @ceciliaazcarate

Left: The Adoration of the Magi.Hugo van der Goes. Netherlandish. Late 15th century. Right: Wiz Khalifa

Left: detail of Virgin and Child Enthroned with Scenes from the Life of the Virgin

Morata Master. Spain - 15th century - Right: Future

Left: Reliquary arm of St. Valentine 14th century Swiss Right: 2 Chainz


Left: Male Ancestor. 1st–4th century. Mesoamerica. Nayarit  - Right: Young Thug (Thank you shiv for the great suggestion)

Left: Christ blessing, CA 1505. Gerard David. Nederlands - Right: Hot Sugar


Left: detail of Christ Blessing surrounded by a Donor Family. Unknown German Painter 1560 - Right: Kanye West

Left: Deity Censer  - 1200–1400 Mexico - Right: YG

Left: Detail of "The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence," oil on wood, by Masters of the Acts of Mercy (Austrian, Salzburg, c. 1465) Right: ASAP Ferg

Left: Quentin Massys. Ecce Homo-1520 - Right: 2 Chainz

Left: Pre Colombian - Moche portrait head of ‘Cut Lip’ 400 AD - Right: ASAP Rocky

Left: detail of Christ Blessing surrounded by a Donor Family.

Unknown German Painter 1560 - Right: 2 Chainz

Left: Ring of Leontios ca.1000 - Byzantine Right: 2 Chainz

Left: Detail of 1500 Tapiserie - Right: Boychild

B4XVI is not a commercial project. B4XVI doesn't own any rights to any of the images featured on http://b4-16.tumblr.com/ and thanks all the subjects, photographers and wonderful creators of the images, in particular the Metropolitan Museum of NYC and its web archive.