"We’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor,” the museum wrote.

By Alison Fox
April 02, 2020
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While going to a museum isn't possible right now and plenty of virtual options great have emerged in their place, one California institution took it a step further by letting fans in on the action.

The Getty Center in Los Angeles (which also has virtual tours) took to social media last week to challenge art fans stuck at home to recreate their favorite works from the museum’s collection with “three things lying around your house.” And the public ran with it.

People dressed up as the subjects of paintings like one kid stuck at home who imitated Edvard Munch’s “The Scream, or a woman who used a giraffe onesie to imitate a 16th century painting, “Laughing Fool,” which features animal ears.

Others used their pets to adorably recreate famous artwork, including a pug who dressed up as “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and a woman who used her dog to replace the baby in “Madonna and Child.” And don’t forget the cats: like the flexible kitty who imitated Picasso, a.k.a. “PicCatso.”

Still others used everyday objects like multi-colored socks to replace Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Play-Doh” as well as the ever-in-demand toilet paper to make hair rolls.

“Thousands and thousands of re-creations later, we’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor,” the museum wrote in a blog post about the challenge. “A warm thank you to all of you who have sent in their photos; they’ve been a bright spot for us during this tough time, and we hope for you as well.”

The Getty Center closed to the public on March 14 as COVID-19 continued to spread through California. As of Tuesday, there were more than 8,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.