Have you ever been so bored that you have absolutely no idea what to do with yourself? These people were in the same boat until they heard about the Getty Museum challenge to recreate famous works of art using items you can find at home. There were three simple rules: choose your favorite artwork, find three things lying around your house, recreate the artwork with those items. From MacGyvering costumes out of pillows and duct tape to capturing Jeff Koons's famous work using a pile of socks, these are the best re-imagined works. Continue reading to be inspired to create your own version of these famous paintings.
1. Sharaku's Kabuki Portrait
This guy nailed this recreation! From the striped robe to the funny expression, he could have been the original model for this classic piece of art.
These portraits by Sharaku were a series of famous kabuki actors from the 1700s. There are so many unique portraits, and this is an actor named Otani Onji III playing Yakko Edobei.
2. Gustav Klimt's Lady With A Fan
This is almost an exact replica of the original painting. If she had edited the photo with a lot of grain, it would have been hard to tell which was the original.
Again, how did she have these things casually lying around her home?
3. Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world by far. We don't know how she did it, but this woman transformed herself to look exactly like the original.
It almost looks like someone found a picture of the model that Da Vinci used for his original painting. She also looks like the woman who plays Mona Lisa in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place.
4. El Greco's Lady In A Fur Wrap
The woman looks so glamorous this her headscarf and fur wrap. El Greco was known for being able to capture the inner feminine essence in his paintings, and the woman who recreated this captured that as well.
She nailed the look of the luxurious fur that the painting depicted, and she managed to remember to include the bracelet and rings that were worn in the painting.
5. Rembrandt's Portrait Of A Woman With Gloves
We love this woman's use of toilet paper rolls for the collar of her dress and latex gloves instead of cloth ones. These are definitely things people have around their house these days.
In the original painting, the collar was a symbol of wealth and status, and now having enough toilet paper during a pandemic is a symbol of wealth and status.
6. Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring
This must be the world's most patient cat because we can't imagine a situation where a cat would willingly sit like this and let their owner dress them.
This cat looks like purrfection as "The Girl with the Purrl Earring." She deserves many treats and hours of alone time for sitting still for so long.
7. Salvador Dali's Isolation
We don't know where to begin with this one. Salvador Dali was known for his unique paintings, and "Isolation" is up there when it comes to bizarre images. This couple did a fantastic job recreating this image.
Somehow this couple managed to recreate the whimsical yet strange essence of the painting. Don't you love their dedication?
8. Look Back At It
It is challenging to spot the difference between these two images. The dog's resemblance is uncanny, and she captured the essence of the painting perfectly.
Honestly, we almost like the recreation better than the original because it is more modest, and you can't go wrong with a dog with eyebrows.
9. Picasso's Woman In A Hat With Pompoms And A Printed Blouse
The artistry that went into this woman's makeup to recreate this painting is incredible. She nailed Picasso's classic style with all the colors, lines, and asymmetric shapes.
She even committed to the green stripes in her hair and painted the hat to match the painting. The execution here is incredible.
10. Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid
"The Milkmaid" is one of the most popular paintings in the Rijksmuseum, and if they switched it for the version with the little girl, we don't know if anyone would notice.
Not only did she perfectly execute the outfit and the pose, but she also got the lighting to look like the painting as well.
11. Francis Barraud's His Master's Voice
The original painting by Francis Barraud was used as a famous trademark in the recording industry. The reimagined version with the iPod could be used as a modern-day version.
Not only is this a great recreation, but it also shows how much technology has advanced since int 1930s. Now we can have all of our music in the palm of our hands.
12. Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait
When your wife is pregnant, and you find the perfect opportunity to use that to your advantage for a painting recreation challenge. His use of a bucket looks similar to the hat in the painting, maybe that was the original bucket hat.
Is it just us, or does the man in the original painting resemble Vladamir Putin? The painting is of an Italian merchant named Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini.
13. Jacques-Louis David's The Death Of Marat
They say that life imitates art, and that is true for this cat. He resembled the painting called "The Death of Marat." It is spot-on, and whether it was posed or accidental, they rocked.
Marat was a French revolutionary who was murdered, and this was the most famous image of the French Revolution. Don't worry; no cats were harmed in this remake.
14. Afarin Sajedi's Like A King
It is incredible how well people can create these works of art. This woman perfectly recreated the crown with the fish, and we wonder how she got it to be so similar. The spoons on her crown look like they are painted like the original.
The Iranian artist is known for combining whimsy and horror, and this woman captured those aspects well in her reimagined version.
15. Baldomero Gili's La Ricitos
How did she happen to have all these things lying around her house? Did she paint the background herself or photoshop herself onto the original painting's background? She even nailed the facial expression!
We give this woman major props for making her recreation so close to the original. This challenge to recreate artworks is also a way to recognize amazing artists.
16. Gustav Klimt's Mother And Child
Gustav Klimt's "Mother and child" is ethereal and shows the bond between a mother and her child. This mother-daughter recreation captured that beautiful bond.
Besides participating in this fun challenge, they also got a sweet picture that they can cherish forever.
17. Edvard Munch's The Scream
Unlike the other reimagined pieces, this person only used household objects without being in the picture physically. "The Scream" is recognized all over the world, and now we will never be able to look at it without seeing an avocado.
Everything about this one captures the essence of the original painting. The only thing that would have made this perfect is if the avocado was upside down to match the shape of the face.
18. Rene Magritte's The Great War
When you want to block out the germs and haters, use a mask to cover your entire face. This works to recreate paintings and keep you protected from the virus.
We love her use of different items to capture the essence of this painting. If you look closely at her hat, she used rolls of toilet paper to accessorize the hat.
19. Keith Haring's Pop Art Figures
These recreations are fun for the whole family! This family recreated the iconic "Pop Art Figures," and besides not having a fifth figure, they nailed this one.
We love how the dad fully committed by painting any skin that couldn't be covered by red clothing. Why wasn't everyone else as dedicated to this work of art?
20. Paul Peter Ruben's Saturn Devouring His Son
First of all, we are glad that there was no cannibalism in the recreation photo. It is nice to see the little boy laughing in comparison to the gruesome painting.
The painting is depicting Saturn devouring his son from Greek mythology, but we prefer that recreated version.
21. Picasso's A Women With A Bird
This one is creative because you can't tell where her face is and what parts are her features under the paint. It is hard to recreate Picasso's work because his style is so unique and she did a great job.
It must have been difficult to draw a second eye on the side of her face, but she made it look just like the original painting.
22. Botticelli's The Birth Of Venus
"The Birth of Venus" is another iconic piece of art, and this man managed to recreate it by taking pictures of himself in different positions and costumes and then merging them.
With just a few different sheets and a curtain rod, he did a pretty good job. This shows that you don't need a fancy background or well-constructed costumes to do this art challenge.
23. Jean-Pierre Cassigneul's L’Espagnole
This woman was dedicated and painted her shirt to look like the one in the painting. We don't know if we would go through the trouble of ruining one of our blouses for a photo challenge.
She looks fantastic with this hairstyle. Although the makeup is not an everyday look, it works for this image.
24. Guido Reni's Salome Bearing the Head of St. John the Baptist
We don't know how this couple managed to make it look like his head was actually on the platter, but they nailed it. Maybe there was some post-editing here, but it looks incredible.
Not only did they recreate a well-known painting, but they also showed what happens when you are stuck inside with your significant other for an extended period of time.
25. Gustav Klimt's Woman In Gold
Instead of "Woman in Gold," she is calling this "Woman in Biscuits." We love her use of food for this one because not many people have done that.
Hopefully, she ate the background after she took the photo, so all those biscuits didn't go to waste because they look quite yummy.
26. Jeff Koons's Balloon Dog
It might be hard to believe, but there is a person inside all of this blue fabric. Unlike the other people who were recreating paintings, this person chose to recreate a sculpture that looks very difficult.
It is impressive that they were able to turn themselves into this balloon animal, and the fact that they had that many articles of clothing in the same shade of blue.
27. Portrait Of A Man In A Chaperon
This turban-like hat was difficult to recreate clearly because the person had to figure out how to structure it properly. He ended up using a paper lantern and a baseball hat.
This guy said he kept running back and forth to set the self-timer on his camera, which explains why he looks a little red and sweaty.
28. Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait
Lucky for this person they had a Chinese Crested dog on hand for this recreation. Unfortunately, she didn't have any monkeys, so she had to improvise with dog toys, but we will let it slide.
She nailed Frida Kahlo's signature eyebrow and stern look, and her dog also managed to pose just like the one in the painting.
29. Ramon Casas's A Decadent Girl
When you send a risky text and he starts typing, but stops midway and never answers. We love how she modernized the painting by using her phone instead of a book.
She might not have a polished shoe, but her flip-flop is another way to modernize the image and use whatever you have lying around your home.
30. Joos Van Craesbeeck's The Temptation Of St. Anthony
There is so much happening here in both images. From his use of Legos and Pokemon cards to the inhaler and lighter, there is a lot to look at.
This is a fun one because the longer you look, the more there is to discover. Every time we look, we find something new and exciting.
31. Norman Rockwell's The Young Lady With A Shiner
This family got their inspiration from the painting of "The Young Lady with a Shiner" by Norman Rockwell. They captured the quirkiness of the schoolgirl and the disapproving look of the principal and teacher.
The original painting is an iconic work of art, and they perfectly recreated this recognizable message of a child getting in trouble with the principal.
32. Titian's Suleiman The Magnificent
If the original painting looks like he is wearing garlic on his head, the only appropriate way to reimagine this photo is with an actual head of garlic.
Maybe he believed in vampires, so he wore a garlic hat to keep them away at all times. Anything is possible.
33. Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker
"Dogs Playing Poker" is an instantly recognizable painting. This person had enough dogs to recreate this hilarious piece of art, and the result is fantastic.
This is another challenge entry that looks more like a painting than a photograph, and we want to know how people are making these so accurate.
34. Grant Wood's American Gothic
These costumes are spot on in this reimagined version of "American Gothic." All they are missing is the house behind them, and it would have been perfect.
The questionable part of this photo is why they happened to have a pitchfork lying around their house? Do they use it as a giant fork?
35. Pablo Picasso's Seated Harlequin
Pablo Picasso created a series of paintings of people sitting at cafes when he first moved to Paris, and this is one of Harlequin. The recreation is awesome, and you can tell they put in the effort to make the costume resemble the painting.
We can't imagine a time when these outfits were in style, but his use of sticky notes and napkins made for the perfect depiction of Picasso's vision.
36. Duccio's Madonna And Child
The only way to recreate "Madonna and Child" is to use an adorable French bulldog in place of a human child. Dogs count as children too, and this is the best representation of that.
The dog is looking at his owner like, "Why are you wearing a towel on your head? Are you having a mental breakdown again?"
37. Fernando Botero's Mother Superior
We don't even know where to start with this one because every little detail is perfect. From the manila folders to create the structured headpiece to the phone charger in place of rosary beads, it is hilarious.
These recreations show how resourceful some people can be when they are stuck at home and have too much time on their hands.
38. Frida Kahlo's Me And My Parrots
If you don't have a bunch of parrots lying around your home, substitute them for brightly colored cleaning supplies. All she is missing is the signature unibrow to complete the look.
Also, her use of a thermometer instead of a cigarette is perfect. It was a unique spin on this classic painting.
39. Tamara De Lempicka's Portrait De Madame P.
When you don't have white lilies, so you have to substitute them for rolls of toilet paper to make the accurate version of the original painting. Not only did she use the rolls of toilet paper for flowers, but she also made curls out of them for her hair.
This one is awesome because she used makeup to add shadows under her eyes to make it similar to the original painting.
40. René Magritte's The Son Of Man
This is interesting because the original painting of "The Son of Man" represents eating the forbidden fruit, which brought sin and suffering. Now we have technology like the iPad, and it allows us to connect with the world, not always in a positive light.
This was a clever adaptation, whether he was using the iPad to represent the message or just the symbol of Apple.