Even though most of us are stuck at home and can’t go out and see art in museums, that doesn’t mean that life is boring or uncultured. The Getty, which is short for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, asked people to post pictures of themselves recreating their favorite old paintings from the comfort of their own homes.
The Getty’s fans were very excited about their online challenge, and they flooded social media with their own creative takes on the theme. We’ve put together a list of some of the best copies of famous paintings, so scroll down and enjoy. Don’t forget to like and share the post with your friends and family.
In fact, an Instagram account from Amsterdam called Tussen Kunst en Quarantaine was the source of the Getty Museum challenge (aka Between Art and Quarantine). So be sure to look at them too. But the Getty isn’t the only art museum that has this kind of challenge. The #mystetstvovdoma or #artathome challenge was also put out by the Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv, Ukraine, to get artists to make copies of their favorite oil paintings from their collection.
The rules of the Getty challenge are very easy to understand: you have to pick your favorite piece of art, choose three things you already have at home, and then make a copy of the piece using those three things. Even though there are only three things, some people are using them in very creative ways.
Annelisa Stephan, the assistant director for digital content strategy at the Getty, says that they “can’t keep track” of how many photos people have sent them. She says there are “many thousands” of them.
Besides the ones that were posted publicly, hundreds and hundreds more have been sent to us via Direct Message. We couldn’t have dreamed of such a response. We thought a few people might like the activity, but it was clear it hit a nerve! “she told me.
People have been so creative and so encouraging of each other’s work, cheering them on, laughing at their favorites, and celebrating them. People from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia have sent us creative answers. We’ve also been happy to see kids of all ages taking part, and high school art history teachers getting their students to do the challenge as part of their work. It’s a great way to look at art and learn about it while also being creative. ” Annelisa was just as happy as the museum about how well the challenge had been received.
Representatives from the Getty say that the museum is always making new online resources. In fact, the Getty will post a video of their “wonderful but now closed Michelangelo exhibition” later today.
Even though the Getty is closed because of the coronavirus, the museum is doing what it can to help. A week ago, the Getty gave thousands of gloves and hundreds of masks to UCLA Health to help doctors and nurses fight the illness on the front lines. Since the museum gave away all of its safety gear, it keeps looking for ways it can help both the local and international communities.