People are discovering that they can get their artsy fix at home, even though museums are closed due to the coronavirus. Rather than viewing works on display, would-be museum-goers are becoming the art themselves. Popularized as the “Getty Museum Challenge,” folks are finding brilliant ways to recreate iconic artwork by just gathering things (and people) that are in their humble abodes. The popular Spanish Facebook group Quearteencasa shows that even as craft stores and costume shops have shuttered their doors, repurposed everyday items capture the essence of the paintings that members are trying to emulate.
Based in Spain and aimed at Spanish speakers, Quearteencasa welcomes all people to participate in this fun and challenging activity. Their group guidelines encourage Facebook users to select a favorite painting, stamp, or poster and find items in their homes that resemble it. They cannot, however, use Photoshop to manipulate the final image—all of it must be done in-camera.
As the art challenge—in not only Quearteencasa but beyond—grows more popular, the submissions showcase folks' ingenuity despite having limited resources. One impressive recreation by Alisa Molinari is of Diego Velázquez’s painting Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress. To produce the ornate design and volume of the young girl’s gown, Molinari used a pop-up tent and some toilet paper to mimic the designs on the dress.
Scroll down to see the artwork that people have produced in the comfort of their homes.