The Getty Challenges People to Recreate Masterpieces With Their Stuff at Home

  • March 31, 2020 16:11

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Irises, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 × 37 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 90.PA.20. Re-creation via Twitter DM by Cara Jo O’Connell and family using Play Doh, carrot slices, and wooden beads
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The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse), 1761, Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Oil on canvas, 16 x 13 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.PA.387. Re-creation on Instagram by Elizabeth Ariza and family in modern-day laundry room
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Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25, 1912, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Oil on canvas, 31 × 27 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018.59. Re-creation via Facebook DM by Tracy McKaskle with picture, pins, easel, and unpainted canvas
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Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, 2700–2300 B.C., Cycladic. Marble, 14 ⅛ x 11 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.AA.103. Recreation via Facebook DM by Irena Ochódzka with canister vacuum
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Last week, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles tweeted to the masses, "We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home."

For people worldwide who are sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Getty's request suggested that they choose a favorite artwork, find three objects "lying around the house," and recreate the artwork with those items.

So far, participants have reimagined van Gogh's Irises in Play-doh and carrots, posed lasagna and a bag for a 16th-century botanical print and used family members to enact Old Master paintings.

The Getty's blog says the challenge was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a brilliant Instagram account called Between Art and Quarantine.

Visit the Getty blog for more examples and for a guide on how to post and unite two photos side-by-side. On Twitter or Instagram, share your creation using the hashtags #betweenartandquarantine and #tussenkunstenquarataine.

On Facebook: go to the Getty page and click “Send Message,” then tell the Getty about it in words and attach the photos.

For images, you can browse the  online Getty Museum collection or choose from another open image database and tag the institution.

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