One good thing that’s come of social distancing is the Getty Museum’s challenge for people to recreate famous artworks. Since art fans have had to resist the urge to visit the Los Angeles museum, its employees put their heads together to come up with a fun activity people could do from home. The result was a plethora of clever reenactments of some of the most famous works of art throughout history. Read on to see the hilarious ways people portrayed their favorite art pieces.
“Oh Yeah” By Norman Rockwell
“Oh Yeah” is the perfect painting to reenact if you have four boys, particularly if they enjoy sports and have jerseys. One of the funniest parts of this photo is the expressions on all of their faces, which closely match those of the boys in the painting.
The team also did a great job of figuring out who needs to point where, which can be confusing since the arms in the painting all look similar.
“In Armor With A Page” By Alfonso D’Avalos
This Twitter user deserves an award for his outfit innovation. He is carefully balancing a pot lid on each shoulder and has three leather belts on his chest to create the general pattern of the character’s suit of armor.
He is also holding a cooking pot under one arm in substitution for a helmet. We can’t imagine how he kept a straight face while doing this. Funnier yet, a graphic of a small man fills in for the little boy in the bottom left.
“Self Portrait Dedicated To Dr. Eloesser” By Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was a popular pick among Twitter users who decided to participate in the Getty challenge. Though recreating one of Frida’s self-portraits may seem as simple as drawing in a unibrow, this participant proves that there’s more to it.
She not only created a nature-inspired background and floral headpiece, but also managed to make a hand earring and twine necklace that clearly matches the portrait. The cherry on top is the photoshopped banner across the bottom.
“American Gothic” By Grant Wood
“American Gothic” is one of those classic works that even the least art savvy will likely recognize. There’s something unsettling about the man and woman’s straight faces, especially with the pitchfork in between them.
The couple in the recreation look eerily similar to the pair in the painting, especially the husband. The living man does appear a little more aggressive than the character he’s mimicking, but that adds to the humor. We also appreciate that he opted for a leaf rake rather than a pitchfork.
“The Flower Seller” by Diego Rivera
When first looking at “The Flower Seller,” it doesn’t seem like the most accessible artwork to recreate because of the massive flowers. That’s what makes the Twitter user behind this post so brilliant.
Using what appears to be rolled up construction paper and toilet paper rolls, they recreated the large bouquet. The girl has an outfit and hairstyle that matches almost identically the one in the painting. This clever take on Diego Rivera’s work is both an impressive and comical sight.
“Triple Self Portrait” By Norman Rockwell
The same artist who did “Oh Yeah” is responsible for this painting, which depicts a man drawing himself. The intricate concept could have been challenging to recreate between all of the props and getting the angles just right.
The Twitter user who reenacted the picture did a great job of dressing the part, down to the whited-out lenses of the glasses. The canvas bears images of outlandish selfies and an amateur sketch, both of which mock the original.
“The Song Of Love” By Giorgio De Chirico
“The Song of Love” by Giorgio de Chirico was an excellent pick for this challenge because the painting is already a little odd to behold. The Twitter user who recreated the artwork was sure to underscore some of the most random items in the original.
The mop-like wig, the dirty glove, and the bright ball are all features that make this recreation a hilarious one. The idea to cut a hole into a cardboard box was a smart way to pull off the floating statue head.
“Mr. And Mrs. Clark And Percy” By David Hockney
There are two things that make this recreation stand out. For one, the room’s layout, the outfits, and the props are all on point. They even superimposed a paper cat onto the photo to make it appear that the feline is sitting on the man’s lap.
Secondly, we have to point out how hilariously unnatural the models look in their poses. The woman is gripping onto her ribs while the man appears to be falling asleep in his chair!
“Summer” By Guiseppi Arcimbaldo
Only upon taking a closer look at the fruits and vegetables can you fully appreciate what this Twitter user has done. Not only did they hunt down all the right produce, but they also chose pieces that match the original in shape and color as closely as possible.
Since the head of the original artwork is a little obscure, they improvised with items like carrots, garlic, and celery root to fill in space and achieve the right shape.
“Madame De Pompadour” By Henri Matisse
This Twitter user clearly wasn’t concerned about tacky props, knowing that the more cheaply-made, the funnier. She mimicked the design in the photo using colored paper haphazardly cut and taped together.
The most hilarious part of this recreation is the grocery list taped to her chest. It reads “milk, eggs, toilet paper, garlic, curry leaves, paprika,” all of which have absolutely nothing to do with the original artwork. We certainly appreciate the randomness for comedic effect.
“Christina’s World” By Andrew Wyeth
We’d imagine that this portrait was rather simple to recreate since it’s essentially a woman lying in a grass field. At the same time, what are the odds that the model would have a dress that almost perfectly matches the one in the painting?
The woman also has hair a similar shade to the character in the picture and is in the same pose. What’s especially striking is that the sky overhead is just the right amount of overcast so that it really does look like a live-action version of the painting.
“Child With Cat” By Heinrich Vogeler
In this recreation, it looks like the model is a grownup version of the girl in the painting. The woman is even wearing a shirt with the same color stripes. Though the cats are different in color and pattern, they are being held the same way.
The live-action cat is looking up like it doesn’t know what’s going on. We would guess that it isn’t used to being so awkwardly held, but it took one for the team.
“Girl With A Pearl Earring” By Johannes Vermeer
What a good sport this pooch is for posing in a headdress for a reason completely unbeknownst to them. The serious look on the dog’s face just makes this recreation all the more impossible to look at without laughing.
We have to wonder what this Twitter user made the headdress out of and how they got it to fit securely onto their pet. Though the recreation is missing the pearl earring that the painting is named after, we have to give credit for the unorthodox model they chose.
“Self-Portrait” By Joseph Ducreux
When recreating a ruffled shirt from the 1800s, many of us might think of using loose fabric to accomplish the look. Not this imaginative Twitter user. He used a roll of toilet paper affixed to a black cape to emulate the outfit, and it works better than you might expect.
His gray wig looks like his natural hair at first glance, which adds to the overall authenticity. The brown jacket is just the right shade and features white cuffs like that of the painting.
“Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear” By Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is almost as famous for cutting his ear off as he is for being an artist. In this painting, he portrays himself with a heavily-bandaged ear. The serious tone is completely flipped in the comical recreation, which features a canine model.
Having a pooch portray Van Gogh is hilarious enough, but especially because the rest of the photo is so accurately mimicked. From the yellow wall to the green sweater, the recreation is spot on in every way but one: the dog.
“The Painter And His Model” By Alfred Stevens
This duo did an excellent job of recreating “The Painter And His Model.” While the man’s outfit is a little off and he could have used a fake mustache, his pose is spot on.
The woman’s dress has ruffles that mimic the one in the photo, and her pose is just right. In the background, two sheets are hanging on the walls to match the painting. The pictures on the wall, the floor carpet, and the palette are all precisely placed.
“The Arnolfini Portrait” By Jan Van Eyck
“The Arnolfini Portrait” was already a little funny to look at on account of the expressionless characters and the man’s awkward hand. The recreation mocks the original and is downright hilarious. Two young men portray the couple in the painting, one of whom is with child.
The “woman” model is wearing a cheesy, eyes-closed smile, a rag “headdress,” and has a pillow-stuffed gown fashioned out of a sheet. The other model is drowning in layers of dark clothing and nails his character’s unusual pose.
“The Desperate Man” By Gustave Courbet
This Twitter user decided to walk the path less traveled and take on a character of the opposite gender. The funny woman drew a mustache and beard on her face in what looks like brown marker.
She also darkened her eyebrows and shaped them to match that of the man in the painting. Her straight hair is a similar length to the man’s, so she left it down and ran her fingers through it in the same way he does.
“Girl With Flower N21” By Leyly Matine-Daftary
In terms of accuracy, this recreation may be the winner. Not only is the model’s outfit and pose the same as the women in the painting, but she also has strikingly similar facial features.
If you look closely, you can even tell that the model is wearing a lighter shade of makeup on her forehead and nose to match that of the character. Her blue eyeshadow and dark eyebrows also mimick that of the painting, as do the colors of the background.
“Lady Lilith” By Dante Gabriel Rossetti
This recreation is unique because it is more colorful and vivid than the painting! The model’s long, red hair was a perfect match to that of the character in the artwork. Rather than looking into a mirror, the Twitter user is ironically looking into a brush while she brushes her hair with a comb.
The items in the background were carefully placed to match the painting, and include floral wallpaper, candles, and a perfume bottle. That’s what we call attention to detail!