A hot new trend is taking over the internet: people in self-isolation recreate classic works of art live. They dress up and take the same poses as the people depicted on the world-famous masterpieces.
It was the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA that launched this simple and beautiful challenge. While people have to stay at home, they need to keep themselves busy and entertained. To focus on something cultural is a brilliant idea that helps self-isolated citizens unwind and find relief.
Here is the list of genius recreations made by people with the help of the clothes and objects they managed to find at their homes without going out or buying additional items.
Jan van Eyck – Arnolfini Portrait
This recreation is beautiful and full of irony at the same time. The bucket and the sleeping bag look genuinely appropriate, and the general solemn feeling is reproduced with extraordinary precision.
Jean Vermeer – The Milkmaid
The filter applied to this photo makes it look as if it were a real medieval painting. Even the light from the window is precisely the same! And the girl looks so much cuter and fresher than the lady from the original work of art.
Grant Wood – American Gothic
The resemblance of the facial expressions is so striking that one might wonder if the painting was actually made after the photo.
Joseph Turner – Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino
This recreation includes some re-interpretation as well. What can symbolize the Roman heritage better than two bottles of good wine? The resemblance between the still life and the landscape lies not only in the shapes and silhouettes but also in the lighting and the general ambiance of serenity.
Pablo Picasso – Rose Period
The staff of the museum didn’t expect so many people would get involved. Thousands of self-isolated citizens took part in the challenge, masterfully recreating the paintings of diverse epochs and artistic manners.
Diego Rivera – The Flower Carrier
It obviously took a lot of thought and effort not only to create but also to edit this picture. It might look like a modern painted replica of the original, not a photo.
Piet Mondrian – Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue
Was LEGO constructor made with the aim of recreating modern art on purpose? The bright plastic bricks add a modern industrial texture to the artwork.
Rene Magritte – The Son of Man
The participants confirm that the challenge helps them get rid of stress. They are sincerely grateful to the museum for this one-of-a-kind idea.
Johannes Vermeer – The Astronomer
It was probably not so likely that people would recreate this painting in the modern setting, yet they did. All you had to do was to find a globe, a bookshelf, and a window.
Norman Rockwell – Triple Self-Portrait
Recreating a painting with a cute little dog is so much fun! A curious postmodern approach.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti – La Ghirlandata
Not so many people have a harp at home, let alone a gorgeous lady with long red hair. The resemblance is striking, and one can only guess how much fun the photographer had while recreating this portrait.
Norman Rockwell – Girl with Black Eye
The photographer managed to grasp the mood just perfectly and to recreate the picture with a softer, more pastel palette.
Banksy – Flower Bomber
Even though Banksy is not a classical painter, this recreation fits really well into the challenge. The pose, the mood, and the painting technique bear a striking resemblance to the original.
Ivan Aivazovsky – Portrait of the Artist’s Wife Anna Burnazyan
Both women are not just beautiful: there is something mysterious about them. This piercing gaze of the dark eyes is enticing and magnetic.
Michael Sweerts – Double Portrait
Even only this recreation is only half the same as the original, it accentuates brilliantly the necessity for self-isolation. A deeply ironic and motivating one!