New Getty publication brings together life-affirming DIY masterpieces made during lockdown

Édouard Manet, Jeanne (Spring), 1881; Re-creation: Jeannette Hulick courtesy Jeannette Hulick

Who knew that the coronavirus pandemic would prompt people worldwide to turn themselves (and their pets) into masterpieces from art history, recreating classic works by superstar artists such as Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh?

When officials at the Getty in Los Angeles threw down the highly imaginative gauntlet to re-create works of art at home using just three items—ranging from toilet rolls to spaghetti—little did they expect to see the cutest of cats modelled on Édouard Manets Jeanne (Spring), 1881; or a pair of French bulldogs connecting in the style of Michelangelos epochal Sistine Chapel painting The Creation of Adam (around 1508).

Getty professionals have put together a selection of these impressive, life-affirming recreations in a new publication, Off the Walls: Inspired Re-Creations of Iconic Artworks (Getty Publications, paperback, $14.00, available from September; all profits will be donated to Artist Relief, an emergency charity initiative offering resources to artists across the United States).

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665; Re-creation: Jenny Boot Courtesy Jenny Boot

“We are endlessly grateful for the Internets embrace of this challenge,” says Annelisa Stephan, assistant director of digital content at Getty, and Sarah Waldorf, social media lead at Getty, in the preface, eloquently adding: “It speaks to the power of art to bond us together. Art invites us into the experience of others and connects us with our shared past. In isolation, a sense of community is sacred.”

The Getty initiative was inspired by the Instagram account called Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine (Between Art and Quarantine), which was launched on Read More – Source

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