The Art of What Not to Do: 7 New Year’s Resolutions Gone Wrong

New Year’s Memes

The longest year in history is finally ending, and now it’s time for a fresh start. And that means New Year’s resolutions: Most of us make them, and most of us break them. Hey, we didn’t really mean we’d learn a new language or go skydiving—that was the champagne talking. (Of course, you can always resolve to enjoy our newest virtual event, A Toast to 2021: A New Year’s Trivia Game.)

But the people in the following works of art? They stuck to their resolutions…even when they shouldn’t have. Some made it weird, and some are just off. Sorry, guys, but you’re doing it wrong!

To Eavesdrop Is Divine


Athena of Velletri, Kresilias, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Family Time


Ugolino and His Sons, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Or Anywhere, Really


Christ’s Descent into Hell, the Met

Better Than This Guy Does, At Least


Saint Augustine, Philippe de Champaigne, LACMA

Decapitate Your Problems


Judith with the Head of Holofernes, Lucas Cranach the Elder, the Met

When It’s, Yknow, Safe


The Gulf Stream, Winslow Homer, the Met

Way Less, Apparently


Lady with a Red Lily, High Museum