Contributers to artparodies.com love art, but sometimes see humor in re-imaging parts of the original for the sake of parody, spoof and satire. Our favorite targets are Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Our source of inspiration is politics in general followed by skits by Saturday Night Live, especially those featuring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Our appologies to the original artists, but we just "couldn’t help outselves".
The definition that Merriam-webster.com gives is: "a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule."
The ever evolving Wikipedia.org elaborate as follows: "A parody (pronounced /ˈpærədi/; also called send-up, spoof or lampoon), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, "parody … is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text." Another critic, Simon Dentith, defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice." Often, the most satisfying element of a good parody is seeing others mistake it for the genuine article."
My favorite is the observation cited by About.com and attributed to (Louis Menand, "Parodies Lost" in The New Yorker, Sep. 20, 2010): "[P]arody works only on people who know the original, and they have to know it intimately enough to appreciate the finer touches as well as the broad strokes of the imitation. Part of the enjoyment people take in parody is the enjoyment of feeling intelligent. Not everyone gets the joke: if you don’t already know about the peach, you won’t laugh at the prune. It’s fantasy baseball for bookworms."