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The Getty Museum Challenge


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Getty Museum

On March 25, the Getty Museum issued a challenge via social media to recreate a work of art with objects and people in your home.

Getty Museum Challenge Rules

The rules are simple:

  1. Choose your favorite artwork.
  2. Find three things lying around your house.
  3. Recreate the artwork with those items
  4. Share with the museum.

The results are truly remarkable. The challenge is a great example of coming together—from a distance—during this unusual time. Check out what participants came up with using objects in their homes.

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Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, 2700–2300 B.C., Cycladic. Marble, 14 ⅛ x 11 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.AA.103. Recreation via Facebook DM by Irena Ochódzka with canister vacuum

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The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse), 1761, Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Oil on canvas, 16 x 13 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.PA.387. Re-creation on Instagram by Elizabeth Ariza and family in modern-day laundry room

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Imaginary Insect, Tulip, Spider, and Common Pear in Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta, 1561–1562; illumination added about 1591–1596, Joris Hoefnagel, illuminator, and Georg Bocskay, scribe. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment, 6 9/16 × 4 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 25. Re-creation on Twitter by the Martinez family with lasagna, matches, produce, and paper bag