Choosing your Facebook profile pic is not unlike when the Medici family in Renaissance Italy commissioned professional painters to make them look great in their portraits. Now, in 2009, artist Matt Held offers you exactly the same, flattering service the Medicis got.
All you have to do to get your profile picture painted by him is join his Facebook group. Then, from all the submissions, Matt will choose the ones he thinks best fits the goal of his project. Those users will also have the chance to buy their post-modern portraits, too. Here’s what Matt says:
My goal for this project is to build a large collection of paintings (sum 200) which mirror individual self-portraits. With the development of social networking sites, I've developed an interest in how people take simple or complex snapshots of themselves, post them to their page as a representation of who they are and what they want people to see.
Source: Matt Held