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Have you ever reproduced works of art with household objects? the Getty Museum in Los Angeles has created Getty Atworks, a successful initiative for “creative geniuses” around the world where it encourages you to recreate your favorite works of art using your pets, family or household accessories.


Jeff Koons’ “Play-Doch” sculpture that sold for $20,000,000 reproduced by socks.

The museum is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 and has started this initiative as a way to keep its community engaged with art during the confinement.

We give you the guidelines to encourage you to have a fun time at home.

1. Select your artwork. Search digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection, Many museums have excellent collections with images available to download and use for free such as LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, the Art Institute of Chicago, Walters or the National Gallery.
2. Choose 3 objects that you have at home, you can also choose your pet!
3. Share with @gettymuseum and  @tussenkunstenquarantaine, aka “between art and quarantine.”

We’ve made a selection of some of the thousands of ingenious recreations with Getty Museum artwork that have been shared on the internet this week.

Johannes Vermeer

The Astronomer, 1668 by Johannes Vermeer. At the Louvre Museum, Paris. Image: Wikimedia Commons. Recreation on Twitter and Facebook by Ann Zumhagen-Krause and her husband eloaboracon with a table, tablecloth and globe.

Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen

Laughing Fool, ca. 1500, by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen. Image: Davis Museum at Wellesley College (Massachusetts) . Recreation via Facebook by Tiffanie Pierini wearing a giraffe jumpsuit, glasses and Christmas sweater.

Joseph Ducreux

Self-portrait, Yawning, by 1783, Joseph Ducreux. J. Paul Getty Museum Recreation on Instagram by Paul Morris wearing a British red coat British redcoat and folded towel.

Spedos Type Museo Getty

Man playing a Spedos Type harp, marble. At the J. Paul Getty Museum Recreation via Facebook by Irena Ochódzka with a vacuum cleaner sitting on a stool.

libro manual de caligrafía

Imaginary insect, tulip and spider from the 16th century calligraphy manual book – Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta – at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Re-creation on Twitter by the Martinez family with lasagna, fresh produce and a paper bag.

Want to share your images on Twitter or Instagram? Use the hashtags #betweenartandquarantine and #tussenkunstenquarataine.

Prefer to share on Facebook? You can go directly to the Getty page and click on “Send message” tell us the description of the work  and attach the photos.

If you want to merge the two photos, the original and the recreation, into a single image, you can use photo editing software such as Photoshop (here’s a tutorial) or a phone app such as PicCollage.

If you haven’t done the challenge yet, we hope they will inspire you to create your own!

Cheer up, and give the best of your creative side!

Images by @Gettymuseum