Even though most of us are stuck at home and can’t go out and enjoy art in museums, that doesn’t mean that life is boring or uncultured. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (or the Getty for short) challenged people to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite classic paintings from the safety of their homes.

The Getty’s fans responded with a lot of enthusiasm to their internet challenge and flooded social media with their unique artistic interpretations. We’ve collected some of the best recreations of famous paintings, so scroll down and feast your eyes. Don’t forget to upvote your faves and share which ones you loved best, dear Readers.

People are having a lot of fun becoming beautiful paintings, but this isn’t the first time folks have done this. In fact, the Getty Museum challenge was inspired by an Instagram account from Amsterdam called Tussen Kunst en Quarantaine (aka Between Art and Quarantine). So be sure to check them out as well. However, the Getty isn't the only art museum doing a challenge like this. The Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine, also challenged the art community to reproduce their fave oil paintings from their art collection by taking part in the #mystetstvovdoma or #artathome challenge. Check out our post about the Pinchuk Art Centre's challenge right here.

More info: Getty.edu | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | PinchukArtCentre.org

Image credits: GettyMuseum

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago (edited)

Kind of amazing how spot on this is. No pun intended.

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
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4 months ago

Awww the little girl!!!

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
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4 months ago

AH SHES WEARING A SLEEPING BAG

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The rules of the Getty challenge are very simple: you have to choose your favorite work of art, then pick 3 things lying around your home, and then recreate the art with those things. It sounds hard with only 3 things, but some people are using them very creatively.

Bored Panda reached out to the Getty to hear more about the museum's challenge and the number of submissions they've gotten.

According to Annelisa Stephan, assistant director for digital content strategy at the Getty, they've "lost count" of all the photos that people have submitted to them. She says that they number "many thousands."

"In addition to the ones posted publicly, there have been hundreds and hundreds more DM'd to us! We didn't expect such a reaction in our wildest dreams—we thought a few people might enjoy the activity, but it clearly struck a chord!" she said.

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Not what you think.
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4 months ago

His Master's Voice.

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Slinkman
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4 months ago

Did not know the painting, but i find her expression funny as hell XD so proud of appareantly being in a fight :p

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JessG
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4 months ago

How! How do these photos look so much like paintings too?!

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"People have been so creative and so supportive of other people's creations, cheering them on, laughing, and celebrating their favorites. We've received creative responses from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia. We've also been thrilled to see kids of all ages getting into the act, and high school teachers organizing their art history students to incorporate the challenge into their classwork. It's a great way to look at and learn about art while being creative with constraints," Annelisa shared the museum's enthusiasm at the reaction the challenge has gotten.

According to representatives at the Getty, the museum is continually developing new online resources. In fact, later on today, the Getty will be posting a video of their "wonderful but now-shuttered Michelangelo exhibitions."

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

Just beautiful (both)

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JessG
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4 months ago

They're spot on with the costumes!

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Pat Tamarin
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4 months ago

Sticky notes & napkins, brilliant!

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The Getty’s social media lead, Sarah Waldorf, told Yahoo Lifestyle that the museum’s social media inboxes have been “flooded” with re-creations of masterpieces ever since they announced the challenge on Wednesday, last week.

“Our audience told us loud and clear that they wanted to see beautiful artworks, learn more about art from home, and find delight on social media,” Waldorf said. “We wanted to offer up a creative challenge to find refuge from the uncertain state of the world and to spark excitement to get creative—no extra materials required.”

The Getty is closed because of the coronavirus, however, the museum is helping out as much as it can. A week ago, the Getty donated thousands of gloves and hundreds of masks to UCLA Health to help out medical professionals on the frontlines in the fight against the illness. Since the museum donated its entire supply of protective equipment, it continues to look for ways it can be helpful both to the local and global communities.

Are you up for the art challenge, dear Pandas? What’s your favorite work of art that you’d like to recreate? Are you planning to take part in the Getty’s social media challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

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C
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4 months ago

hahah!

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

Yes to this!

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AlexG
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4 months ago

It's like she grew up!

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Bea Moeller
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4 months ago

I'd like to figure some kind of extra award for ambition and cooperation!

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AlexG
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4 months ago

Woo hoo !

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Hermione Granger
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4 months ago

This was actually really well done!

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Hermione Granger
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4 months ago

They have a harp laying around!? That's really cool!

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
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4 months ago

#IDidn'tKnowMyLifeWasAFamousPeiceOfArt

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
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4 months ago

Thats actually pretty good

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AlexG
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4 months ago

Too cute!

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AlexG
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4 months ago

Nailed it! 😂😂🤣

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

Whistler's Toddler

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0foxgiven
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4 months ago (edited)

how did he get it to stay??? edit: yeah he probably bit it :D

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Hermione Granger
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4 months ago

I would have used saran wrap lol

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Niall Allen
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4 months ago

Excellent :D

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Valentina Coviello
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4 months ago

Be careful! The virus!!!!!

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Sasha Ross
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4 months ago

lol

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Ashley Maurer
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4 months ago

LOL them hairy legs

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Valentina Coviello
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4 months ago

Yummy!!!!!😛

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Robert Robi Z
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4 months ago

Fortunately, he didn't hack his own ear off to make this picture...

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Sherri Quesenberry
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4 months ago

Lovely remake with a thinker in place...

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0foxgiven
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4 months ago

not quite, SUPER close though XD

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

I'm pretty sure he is the original model.

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George
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4 months ago

Nailed it.

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Mireia Dos
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4 months ago

More unicorns and gender-flexible virgins and saints!

Elina Kuusisto
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4 months ago

Love it!

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Rebecah Ozuna
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4 months ago

Acceptance to all, except for people like me. The people of my street still think that an introvert is a type of freak as well as being a virgin at 40 without a husband and kids is veeery abnormal. But they support and love the son of one of them who's an addict and a thief.

Kimberley Thomas
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4 months ago

I'm proud to be a virgin at 42. Tell them to fluff off. My family complains about my life even though I don't have a bunch of kids, haven't resorted to prostitution, not on welfare, etc. We all don't have to be sluts, addicts, thieves, etc to enjoy life. I too am waiting for the right man to me.

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

More unicorns!

Elina Kuusisto
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4 months ago

Now With More Unicorns!

Lane Welch
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4 months ago

The halos...!

Lane Welch
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4 months ago

The halos are genius...

Anne McKnight
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4 months ago

Excellent!

Cynthia Woodruff
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4 months ago

Holding plates behind their heads! haha

Kristie Boperson
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4 months ago

Love the plates as halos!

Louise Stange-Wahl
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3 months ago

Love the plate halos!

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Sasha Ross
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4 months ago

wrong shoulder, otherwise good.

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